GOP leaders endorse candidate Glenda Weinert for Buncombe Commission Chair

Here’s the press release from the Weinert campaign:


Asheville, NC April 25, 2012: Glenda Weinert, Republican candidate for Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, announced two key endorsements today: Lou Bissette, former Mayor of the City of Asheville, and Nathan Ramsey, former Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

“Lou Bissette and Nathan Ramsey’s endorsements are extremely high praise and I’m sincerely honored by their confidence in me.” Weinert said. “And I’m very humbled — I take comfort in their wise counsel going forward.”

Glenda Weinert is running in the May 8 primary for the Republican nomination for County Chairman.

Weinert is a successful small businessperson with a long record of public service, including serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Irene Wortham Center, Children First of Buncombe County, President of The Junior League of Asheville, and on the boards of the NC Childcare Commission, the ABCCM, and Children’s Welfare League.

Weinert lives with her husband of 21 years, Clint Weinert, and they have two teenage sons. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor at A-B Tech, where she teaches business administration. If elected in November, Glenda will make history as the first woman to ever chair the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

Bissette and Ramsey’s statements follow below.

Statement of Lou Bissette, former Mayor of the City of Asheville:

April 25, 2012

My friends,

I’m pleased to endorse Glenda Weinert for the Chairmanship of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. I am voting for her and I hope that you will too.

Glenda has impressed me with her depth of understanding, her compassion, and her will to do the right thing. She has proven these qualities time and again in her professional career and I am confident that she will bring these extraordinary leadership skills to bear as the next Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

Glenda’s got what it takes. She’ll make all of us proud.

Louis Bissette
Former Mayor of Asheville

Statement of Nathan Ramsey, former Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners:

April 23, 2012

My friends in Buncombe County:

People to Match Our Mountains — that’s Buncombe County’s official Motto. And I can think of no one who embodies that concept in a leader more clearly than Glenda Weinert.

Glenda Weinert is uniquely qualified to lead our county government as the first woman to serve as Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. I have known Glenda for many years — and I also know that she will work hard to bring our county together to solve the great challenges we face:

1) Small business is our community’s economic engine and Glenda has been a small business owner for decades; she understands what small businesses need to grow and create jobs.

2) Glenda Weinert cares deeply about children and those with special needs: she has served leadership roles in many local non-profits that serve women and children and she understands and appreciates the challenges in delivering critical human services and providing a quality education to our children.

3) Most importantly, Glenda has an eye for numbers — so she’ll insist on the efficient use of our tax dollars. In these difficult times, Glenda won’t waste your money. Glenda knows who to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Glenda Weinert isn’t a political hack — she’s never served in public office before: but frankly, I think it’s time for some new blood up there. Glenda will work with everyone in our beloved community: regardless of party, faith, or philosophy. She will help to make Buncombe County an even better place to start a business, earn an education, and raise a family.

Let’s make history this year by electing Glenda Weinert to be the first woman to chair the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. She has my unqualified endorsement and she deserves your vote.

Nathan Ramsey
Former Chairman
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

About Lou Bissette

Lou Bissette’s extensive community service includes a term as mayor of the City of Asheville from 1985-1989. He has served as the President and Chairman of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the I-26 Corridor Association, the N.C. Arboretum Society and of the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation, and as Vice Chairman of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. He is a member of the UNC Board of Governors, Vice Chairman of the Wake Forest University Board of Trustees, and is a past member of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees. Bissette serves as Chairman of Forest Commercial Bank, Western Carolina Industries, Inc. and Asheville Industries for the Blind, and as Vice Chairman for Sisters of Mercy Services Corporation. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute and the Asheville Merchants Corporation, and is a former Board Member of the Buncombe County Economic Development Commission.

About Nathan Ramsey

In addition to serving as Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, Nathan Ramsey has served on several boards including the Buncombe County Farm Bureau, the Blue Ridge Mental Health Authority, the Buncombe County Board of Health, Buncombe County Smart Start, Children First, Partners in Education, the Asheville Buncombe Drug Commission, Asheville Buncombe Vision, the Buncombe County Audit Committee, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition, Asheville HUB, French Broad MPO, the Community Energy Advisory Committee, and the Regional Water Authority of Asheville, Buncombe, and Henderson Counties. Ramsey has also served as the co-chair of the Legislative Goals Committee of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. Ramsey is currently running for the North Carolina General Assembly in District 115.

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