Asheville City Council’s 2013 was marked by financial turmoil, the first major tax hike in more than a decade, the demise of a long-standing festival, and major fights with the Legislature in Raleigh.
With filing over last Friday, Ashevilleans now have a firm idea of who’s running for office in this year’s local elections. Three candidates are vying to be the city’s next mayor, and six seek to fill three open City Council seats. Here’s a rundown of the candidates and their statements (if they’ve issued one).
State Sen. Tom Apodaca has filed a bill to eliminate public funds for political parties and judicial elections as well as the voter-owned elections fund.
An overflow crowd of more than 150 people packed the Flood Gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District on Tuesday evening, October 9, to talk with candidates for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners about the subject all around them — the arts.
Jolene Mechanic is playing the numbers by calling a meet-the-candidates forum in the River Arts District on Tuesday, Oct. 9. And she’ll even tell you the winning figure ahead of time: 43,749,707.
North Carolina gubernatorial candidate — and current Lt. Governor — Walter Dalton visited children at Asheville City Schools Preschool on Haywood Road in West Asheville today, Oct. 5 (photo by Bill Rhodes).
“Let’s be candid: this is all about power.” Those were the words of Bob Orr, executive director of North Carolinians for Constitutional Law and a former North Carolina gubernatorial candidate and Supreme Court Judge. Orr was one of three speakers to address the 50 to 60 people who attended the free screening of the documentary film, Gerrymandering, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center June 16.
About 50 people packed two small rooms at UNCA for an April 30 public hearing on redistricting.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
Appointing the fourth-highest vote getter may be a thing of the past, as Asheville City Council prepares to discuss a new method of selecting replacements to fill vacant Council seats.
Joe Dunn, a former Asheville City Council member who signed up earlier this year to run for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, has announced in a letter that he has decided to drop out of the race.
Results for statewide primary contests Designated winners appear in bold type. The first percentage number listed for each candidate is based on the unofficial statewide vote totals available from the N.C. State Board of Elections on May 8; the second figure (in parentheses) is the Buncombe County percentage. PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE Democratic primary results: • Barack […]
It’s all over but the yard signs—those leftover bits of red, white and blue that still speckle the landscape in the wake of North Carolina’s May 6 primary. After crisscrossing the state, tailed by the national media and closely scrutinized by hometown crowds, the presidential candidates and their entourages have moved on. And though the […]
Who will govern Buncombe County’s 665.99 square miles and 222,174-and-growing population for the next four years? Six Republicans and eight Democrats are contending for four seats on the five-member Board of Commissioners in the May 6 primary. (The chairmanship is not at issue in the primary, because only Democrat David Gantt has filed to run […]
“Out of a potential total of 37,425 votes, 35,802 were recorded. But some voters may have made fewer than the maximum three choices for candidates, officials said.” — “Voting Machines Banned,” Asheville Citizen-Times, Dec. 20, 2007 Some? What sort of a numerical or statistical benchmark is “some”? Few things in our democratic system have more […]
How much of an impact did the partisan-elections backlash have on Asheville’s City Council? Enough that when Council member Brownie Newman brought the idea of a citizens’ commission on local elections to the table during Council’s Feb. 12 meeting, he got no support from even his staunchest allies. Not even a proposal merely to hold […]