Primary Election Voter Guide 2024

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The 2024 primary election has arrived. In all, there are local races for Asheville City Council, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, the District Court, the Clerk of Superior Court and the U.S. House. Xpress reached out to all candidates to get their thoughts on issues such as housing, public safety and multimodal transportation.




  • UNC lab assists with local drug checking

    -by Jessica Wakeman
    Drug checking is “a harm reduction practice in which people check to see if drugs contain certain substances,” according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse.…


  • 2024 Primary Election Voter Guide

    -by Lisa Allen
    As the saying goes, “All politics is local.” At Xpress, we firmly believe this, which is why we’ve focused our primary election guide on local races that pertain specifically to…
  • Nonpartisan coalition offers voter education

    -by Chase Davis
    With new laws requiring voter ID for the first time in North Carolina and a lack of resources for non-English speaking voters, a coalition of nonprofits is working to get…
  • BCS board bans book from all district high schools

    -by Greg Parlier
    At its Feb. 8 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Education voted unanimously to remove author Ellen Hopkins' fictional 2009 book, Tricks. Three other books under consideration — Hopkins' Perfect,…
  • County conserves 360 acres with open-space bond funds

    -by Greg Parlier
    Thanks to open-space bonds passed in 2022 and generous landowners, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners voted to conserve 360 acres at its meeting Feb. 6.
  • 2024 Primary Voter Guide: Buncombe County Board of Commissioners District 1

    -by Greg Parlier
    In addition to the dizzying changes from redrawn district lines for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara announced she would not seek reelection, creating one incumbent-free race.
  • 2024 Primary Voter Guide: U.S. House 11

    -by Greg Parlier
    Two years ago, the primary race for District 11 between then-state Sen. Chuck Edwards of Hendersonville and the controversial U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, drew national attention. This time around, the primary…
  • 2024 Primary Voter Guide: Asheville City Council

    -by Chase Davis
    The Asheville City Council will have at least one new face after the 2024 election. Incumbents Sage Turner and Kim Roney are seeking reelection, but Vice Mayor Sandra Kilgore is not.
  • 2024 Primary Voter Guide: N.C. District Court judge — District 40, Seats 6 & 7

    -by Lisa Allen
    Two of seven District Court judgeships in Buncombe County are open after Chief Judge J. Calvin Hill and Judge Andrea Dray chose not to seek reelection.
  • 2024 Primary Voter Guide: Clerk of Superior Court

    -by Lisa Allen
    Two Democrats are running for clerk of Superior Court, following Clerk Steve Cogburn's unexpected retirement in January 2023, announced shortly after his 2022 reelection. 
  • 2024 Primary Voter Guide: Voting FAQs

    -by Lisa Allen
    In addition to our coverage of contested local races in Buncombe County, Mountain Xpress hopes to clear up some frequently asked questions about the process of voting in 2024’s primary election. Below,…