A flier funded by local businessman Chris Peterson and bearing a mocking, photoshopped picture of Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell, encouraging voters to back Council member Jan Davis and candidate Mark Cates has led to a condemnation by an advocacy group and public criticism. Davis has released a statement asserting he is unhappy with his inclusion in the flier, noting, “I do not believe in trickery and dirty campaigning.” Cates, meanwhile, has released a statement saying he understands’ Peterson’s view.
The progressive advocacy group, People Advocating for Real Conservancy, unleashed the first video salvo of this year’s Asheville City Council race, attacking candidate Mark Cates for his connections to the Asheville Tea Party.
I’ve never voted before in my life. I’ve never really even paid that much attention to politics or felt excited about anyone running for office — until now. I met Mark Cates a couple of weeks ago while hanging out with friends at Wedge Brewing Co. After meeting him, I asked why he was running. […]
In this installment of our ongoing series of interviews with candidates for Asheville City Council, Jake Frankel interviews Mark Cates on issues facing the city. In addition to an edited transcript, this post includes audio of the conversation.
With two incumbents still undecided and one week left in the filing period, five candidates — Tim Peck, Saul Chase, Marc Hunt, Mark Cates and current Council member Bill Russell — are officially running for Asheville City Council.
With the incumbents still undecided on running for another term, four candidates — local engineer Mark Cates, Haw Creek Community Association President Chris Pelly, Timothy Sadler of RelyLocalAsheville and Greenway Commission Chair Marc Hunt — have so far emerged in this year’s race for Asheville City Council.