News briefs: Asheville Habitat celebrates women in constructi­on

Women make up over half of the local nonprofit’s construction staff and work in roles that provide new construction, home repair, volunteer coordination and construction administration. Each year, the Women Build Advocacy Team — aka WomBATs — recruits female volunteers and raises funds. This year’s Women Build House will come together on May 7.

News briefs: County dollars go to affordable housing, economic incentives

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners doled out a $2.2 million loan for an affordable housing complex in Swannanoa and over $200,000 in economic development incentives at its Feb. 5 meeting. The city of Asheville held two public sessions seeking input on the selection of a new police chief. Residents can also weigh in via an online survey through March 1.

Mountain Xpress 2018 general election voter guide

By Able Allen, Virginia Daffron, David Floyd and Daniel Walton Welcome to Mountain Xpress’ 2018 general election voter guide. We’ve asked pertinent questions of all the local candidates, and now the choice is yours. At Xpress, we believe a well-informed voter considers more than a candidate’s party affiliation, making choices based on a leader’s character, values […]

Candidates for Buncombe County Board of Education, 2018 general election voter guide

Editor’s note: All of the candidates for Buncombe County Board of Education are running in different districts and are unopposed. They are not running against one another. For the sake of concise organization Xpress is listing them together. All voters in Buncombe County School Districts will see all the candidates on their ballots. Pat Bryant […]

Candidates for Buncombe County District Attorney and Clerk of Court, 2018 general election voter guide

Editor’s note: Todd Williams (Buncombe County District Attorney) and Steve Cogburn (Buncombe County Clerk of Court) are unopposed this election. For the sake of concise organization Xpress has listed them together in one page. Todd Williams Incumbent, Democrat, unopposed What are your top three priorities for the next term?  1. I created a task force […]

Candidates for Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservati­on District Supervisor­, 2018 general election voter guide

Editor’s note: Voters in Buncombe County will be asked to choose up to two of the following candidates for two seats on the five member board of Buncombe County Soil and Water District Supervisors. Alan Ditmore Website: facebook.com/Elect-Alan-Ditmore-for-Buncombe-SWCD-1822097381207746 Occupation: Handyman/pet sitter/small engines Previous candidacy or offices held: I stood (as they say in England) for […]

Candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commission­ers District 3, 2018 general election voter guide

Donna Ensley Democrat Website: electdonnaensley.com Occupation: Retired development professional Previous candidacy or offices held: None Key endorsements: Sierra Club, Buncombe County Association of Educators, Sen. Terry Van Duyn, AFL-CIO, Buncombe County Democratic Women Amount of money raised: $28,497 Top three donors: Ron Edgerton, Dr. Charles Weiss, Dr. Bruce Rogers Why are you running for county […]

Candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commission­ers District 2, 2018 general election voter guide

Amanda Edwards Democrat Website: electamandaedwards.org Occupation: Executive director, A-B Tech Community College Foundation Previous candidacy or offices held: I am a first-time candidate Key endorsements: Buncombe County Association of Educators, Police Benevolent Association, Sierra Club, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council of Western North Carolina, Rep. John Ager and Annie Ager of Fairview Amount of money raised: […]

Candidate for Buncombe County Board of Commission­ers District 1, 2018 general election voter guide

Al Whitesides  Incumbent, Democrat, unopposed Website : None / I’m on Facebook Occupation: Retired Banker, commissioner Previous Candidacy or Offices Held : None Key Endorsements : None Amount of Money Raised: None Top Three Donors: None Why are you running for re-election? I’m running for re-election because I want to finish what we’ve started in […]

Candidates for N.C. House of Representa­tives District 114, 2018 general election voter guide

Susan Fisher Incumbent, Democrat Website: electsusanfisher.org Occupation: Legislator Previous candidacy or offices held: Representative since 2004, Former Asheville City Board of Education chair Key endorsements: Buncombe County Association of Educators PAC, N.C. Association of Educators PAC, Police Benevolent Association PAC, Lillian’s List, Giffords Amount of money raised: $20,000 Top three donors: Mack Pearsall, Hank Teich, […]