Donna Ensley announces bid for District 3 Buncombe County Commission in 2020

Press release from Donna Ensley:

Donna Ensley announced on October 24 at the Rotary Club of Asheville, her candidacy for the Buncombe County Commission representing District 3 in the 2020 election.

Ensley, a Buncombe County resident for 32 years is the former Chief Development Officer at MANNA FoodBank. An experienced and proven leader and professional, Donna earned the 2014 WNC Outstanding Fundraising Professional Fundraiser Award. As a community leader and volunteer she served on numerous boards and as President of the YWCA, PTA, Helpmate, Rotary Club of Asheville, and as a church elder. She is currently serving as a Rotary Assistant District Governor.

Ensley says, “I am passionate about giving a hand up and empowering others to succeed in life. As the next Buncombe County Commissioner from District 3, I will invest for you and your families in the housing, needed infrastructure, transportation, health, childcare, and environmental needs that have gone unmet and ensure our schools have funding to support quality education for all students. The people and places of Buncombe County remain extraordinarily special and worth investing in today so that we can be more resilient tomorrow.

Ensley ran in the 2018 Buncombe County Commission election. She notes of this experience, “The 17,500 voters who moved me within 670 votes of the winning incumbent, inspired me to engage even more deeply in our community after the election. I have continued to work diligently in the past year to create the future that Buncombe County deserves. I want more than anything for all of our children to be able to live, work, and play here as adults.”

Donna will be running in the upcoming Democratic primary on March 3, 2020. Donna is retired and lives in Arden, NC with her husband Curtis. To assist with the Donna’s campaign team and discuss roles of involvement contact Ensley at

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