Commissioners voted 6-1 on Dec. 3 to appoint Democratic freshman Ellen Frost to succeed Holly Jones as vice chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, putting her in a symbolic leadership position as she heads into a reelection year.
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)
Longtime local conservative activist Don Yelton is getting national attention for contentious comments he made Oct. 23 on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. However, he says he stands behind them.
After an eight-month delay, New Belgium Brewing will resume site work this November on its Asheville location along Craven Street in the River Arts District.
This is the fourth in a series of interviews with Asheville City Council candidates, this time with Council member Cecil Bothwell, who’s running for a second term. Photo by Max Cooper.
This is the third in a series of interviews with Asheville City Council candidates, this time with former Coleman CEO and business owner Gwen Wisler. Photo by Max Cooper.
Thursday night’s City Council candidate forum did not end with closing statements about the vision candidates have for the city, but with a heated shouting match between council member Cecil Bothwell and Jonathan Wainscott.
In an important Oct. 16 vote, Buncombe County’s Republican congressmen split over whether to reopen the government and avoid defaulting on the nation’s debt.
Early voting begins today for local municipal elections, including the Asheville City Council and mayoral races. Photo by Caitlin Byrd.
At the Oct. 14 Asheville mayoral and City Council candidate forum at Pack’s Tavern, contenders discussed pressing downtown issues highlighted in a survey by the Asheville Downtown Association.
From cleanliness to crime and toplessness to construction, the seven candidates voiced their opinions on key issues affecting the city and its residents. (pictured: John Miall and Jonathan Wainscott; photo by Max Cooper)
With the general election less than a month away, Mountain Xpress has partnered with the nonprofit Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County to bring the community a voter guide about Asheville and Black Mountain candidates. The guide will be included in the upcoming Oct. 16 issue of the newspaper.
A partnership of local nonprofits has teamed up to create the Western North Carolina Vote Tracker.
Asheville’s quirky political scene will soon get national attention with a segment on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” set to air later this month.
At the end of the mayoral primary on Tuesday night, about 9 percent of Asheville’s registered voters decided that Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former City Risk Management Director John Miall will be the two candidates who will continue to vie for the mayor’s office.
Buncombe County Rep. Tim Moffitt has been ranked the second most business friendly legislator in the state by the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation.
Rep. Patrick McHenry’s vote to tie federal government operations to a bill that defunds the Affordable Care Act is catching heat from local activists.
The stages and the supporters could not have been more different for the Asheville Mayoral candidates yesterday: A power lunch at Magnolia’s Bar & Grille sponsored by the more conservative Council of Independent Business Owners and an evening forum at the Odyssey Ceramic Arts Studio hosted by the multimodal-minded group Asheville On Bikes. (Photos by Max Cooper)
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.
While some people leaned forward in their seats, others stood in the back of the room and craned their necks — ear first — to hear the positions Asheville’s three mayoral candidates have on issues ranging from the police department to school systems. Full audio of the forum is included.
When community activist Martin Ramsey joined Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city official John Miall this July in the mayoral race, he forced a primary in the City of Asheville election. Now, the early voting polls are open in order to narrow the field of three candidates to two. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
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)