Here’s the press release from Christina Merrill:
Christina Merrill – Rep., will file her candidacy for County Commissioner with the Buncombe County Board of Elections on Friday, 2/14/2014 at 12:00 pm.
Christina says she is running again because she wants to “serve all County citizens who are even more concerned then ever about the ongoing borrowing, spending and tax increases. “Since the 2012 election, our citizens have been hit by big tax increases and an even bigger county debt. Home owners not only received property tax rate increases, but as many as half of property owners re-evaluations went up, so they were hit twice for more money. The current Commissioner who is running for re-election in District-2, voted for a pay cut for our citizens while at the same time giving herself a pay raise on the tax payer’s dime, not once, but twice in less than one year. The County has incurred unsustainable debt to the tune of nearly 400 million dollars. We have got to start thinking about the financial burden that this is costing our hard working citizens, and the enormous debt and burden that will be passed on to our children and grandchildren.”
Christina was declared the original winner of the District 2 seat after the last election on November 6, 2012. The election results were overturned by just a handful of votes after the highly contested inclusion of questionable provisional ballots during the Canvasing process.
Christina lives in Fairview with her husband Doug and daughter, Lily, 10 who attends Fairview Elementary. She has two sons who graduated from A.C. Reynolds High. Adam,22 attends UNC Charlotte and Henry, 26 who works in Greensboro.