Black Mountain Board of Aldermen candidates to participate in forum Sept. 21

Press release from event organizers:

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC —Seven candidates vying for positions on the Black Mountain Board of Aldermen will discuss their qualifications and vision for the town’s future during a webinar forum hosted by nonpartisan Indivisible Black Mountain.

The zoom webinar will be held on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. Viewers are requested to register in advance by clicking on the following link: https.//

Candidates include Doug Hay, Tonia Holderman, Pam King, Archie Pertiller, Jr., Matthew Turner, Justyn Whitson, and Jennifer Willet. Sarah Vekasi will moderate the question-and-answer meeting.

Some of issues to be discussed are: town growth vis-à-vis employment, housing, traffic management; AirB&B rentals vs. entry level home ownership; the Greenway project; changes in the Board’s charter, transparency, and public “Town Hall” meetings; and diversity in governing appointees.

The Board of Aldermen consists of a Mayor and five Aldermen who are elected at large in nonpartisan elections held every two years. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen serve four-year staggered terms. The Vice-Mayor is appointed by vote of the majority of the membership of the Board.

Connie Burns, a member of Indivisible Black Mountain’s Steering Committee, said, “Your vote counts. This is a significant opportunity for Black Mountain residents to be introduced to the candidates and consider their merits. Whether you were born in the town or are a recent newcomer, you have seen the town’s popularity grow both in terms of tourism and real estate values. It is an important time to explore the options, changes, and plans for Black Mountain’s  future development. Your vote counts.”

After registering, viewers will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please test the link. For more information, contact

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