Election interviews: Esther Manheimer and John Miall-attachment0

Election interviews: Esther Manheimer and John Miall

As the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 5 draws near, time is running out for Asheville voters to decide who they want to be the city’s next mayor. The two candidates vying for the job are current Vice Mayor and lawyer Esther Manheimer and former City Risk Management director John Miall. Today, Saturday, Nov. 2 is the last day to vote early. (Caricatures by Randy Molton)

Primary results by the numbers: Manheimer, Miall emerge from Asheville mayoral primary

With all precincts reporting, Asheville Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer emerged from the mayoral primary with a strong lead, racking up 60 percent of the vote. Former city risk manager John Miall was runner-up with 25 percent of the vote, and will go on to face Manheimer in the Nov. 5 general election. The third candidate, community activist Martin Ramsey, gathered 14 percent of the vote.

Storify: Asheville’s 2013 mayoral primary through social media-attachment0

Storify: Asheville’s 2013 mayoral primary through social media

Today, voters in the City of Asheville cast their ballots to decide which two candidates will continue onward in the journey to become Asheville’s next mayor. These are the tweets, photos and quotes from throughout the day and night of the mayoral primary. Use the hashtag #avlelect to become part of the story. This post will be updated throughout the evening. (Photo courtesy of Instagram user Wes Wehking)

A day of debates for Asheville mayor, Council candidates

Today has no shortage of debates about local government and the future of our city. The three mayoral candidates meet at the Council of Independent Business Owners luncheon this afternoon, then have a rematch at tonight’s Get There Asheville forum, where they will be joined by the five Asheville City Council candidates. Follow live Twitter dispatches of today’s debates here.

Terms of engagement: Asheville mayoral candidates make their case-attachment0

Terms of engagement: Asheville mayoral candidates make their case

Whether it’s four years on Asheville City Council, 30 years as a city official or eight years working in a downtown restaurant, all three candidates for mayor tout experience, though they define it in vastly different terms. In an interview with Xpress reporter Caitlin Byrd, the three candidates make their case.  (Photos by Max Cooper)

Local Sierra Club political chair: ‘There are several filters to make sure there was a fair process’-attachment0

Local Sierra Club political chair: ‘There are several filters to make sure there was a fair process’

Though Political Committee Chair of the Sierra Club of Western North Carolina Group Ken Brame donated a combined $300 to three of the four local candidates that the environmental organization ultimately endorsed, he says his personal contribution did not influence the endorsement process. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user borman818)

Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters invites public to mayoral candidate forum-attachment0

Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters invites public to mayoral candidate forum

In two weeks, Asheville’s three mayoral candidates will be fielding questions before members of the public for the second time since their campaigns began.
Conducted by the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County, the political discourse will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Board Room. All three candidates have confirmed their attendance. (Photos by Max Cooper)

The first face-off: Mayoral candidates debate issues affecting the city-attachment0

The first face-off: Mayoral candidates debate issues affecting the city

Voicing different ideas about funding the Asheville Art Museum, adopting the living wage ordinance and deciding downtown development, the trio of political candidates vying to be Asheville’s next mayor debated with one another for the first time on Wednesday while also revealing a shared consensus among them about the perceived relationship between the General Assembly and the City of Asheville.  (Photos by Max Cooper)