Urban News publishes cover story on Buncombe Commissioner candidate Keith Young

Here’s an excerpt from the Urban News cover story on commissioner candidate Keith Young:

President John F. Kennedy once said that those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

Keith Young takes that belief seriously. He understands that change is the inescapable driver of history in the United States, that change is the law of life. Young, a native of Asheville and a 1998 graduate of Asheville High School, is stepping forward to make positive change happen in our community. He dreams of a better future, and to achieve it he has decided to run for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

This is the first year in Buncombe County’s 200-year history that candidates will be elected by district; before the state legislature changed the law last year, commissioners were elected county-wide. Now, Young explains, “there is this microcosm of demographics not representative of the whole county in each district, and those folks are screaming to be heard.”

Asked to respond to the concern of many residents that the new system will make commissioners more parochial in their interest, he notes, “Whether the new system is right or wrong, it’s here.”

Young will be a candidate for one of two seats in District 1, which includes most of Asheville proper.


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.