Student-led Asheville City Council primary candidate forum at Evergreen Community Charter School

Press release from  Evergreen Community Charter School:

On Monday, February 19th beginning at 7:00 pm, Evergreen Middle School students, in partnership with the Haw Creek Community Association, will lead an Asheville City Council Primary Candidate Forum. The forum will be held in the gym at Evergreen Community Charter School with council candidates on the stage in front of a live audience, and it will be live streamed on the school’s Facebook page and the recording posted on Evergreen’s YouTube channel. It is important for all citizens of all ages to have the opportunity to ask questions of local leaders. Evergreen and the Haw Creek Community Association recognize that it may be hard for Asheville citizens with young children to come to events like these, so will be offering free childcare. Those interested in childcare may register here. General event registration can be found here.

A group of Evergreen’s 7th and 8th graders will introduce and ask questions of all of the candidates running to win a place on the ballot for Asheville City Council this fall. Students researched local issues, sought input from community members, and created questions that reflect issues of importance to the diverse population of Asheville. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to submit questions to the candidates. This is the only forum where the youth of Asheville get to ask questions of their prospective leaders and these middle schoolers bring unique perspectives to this event. After last fall’s forum, candidates called the event “the most thoughtful, well-researched forum [they] had attended”.

So far 7 of the 8 primary candidates have confirmed they will be present at the event. Six will move on after the primary to run for the 3 council seats up for grabs this fall.

City Council Candidates:

  • Kim Roney (incumbent)

  • Sage Turner (incumbent)

  • Taylon Breanne Breeden

  • Roberto (Bo) Hess

  • Tod Leaven

  • Kevan Frazier

  • Charles (CJ) Domingo

  • Iindia Pearson

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