Campaign calendar

• March 26: Fred Smith for Governor Rallies—Buncombe County, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Asheville Ballroom and Dance Centre, 991-B Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville; Henderson County, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bo Thomas Auditorium of Blue Ridge Community College (180 West Campus Drive) in Flat Rock. Everyone will be admitted, but a minimum donation of $25 is suggested. To reserve space, call (877) 278-3535 or sign up online at

• March 26: Fred Smith/Lee Greenwood Rally, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Asheville Ballroom on Sweeten Creek Road.

• March 26: GOP Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by the Henderson County Republican Men’s Club, 8 to 9 a.m., Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.

• March 26: Town Meeting with Rep. Heath Shuler, sponsored by the Leadership Asheville Forum in conjunction with the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. Shuler will offer a “Report from Washington,” followed by questions and comments from the audience. Open to the public at no charge; to be held at the CCR on UNCA’s campus, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (call 254-8800, ext. 350 for information).

• March 27: Hillary Clinton for President Meet-up to begin planning for the May 6 primary. Atlantic Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave., from 7 to 8 p.m.; open to all, no charge.

• March 31: Ron Paul “Revolution” Libertarians host Carl Mumpower, candidate for Congress, as guest speaker, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Natural Import Company, 9 Reed St., Biltmore Village (call 277-8870 for information).

• April 1: Two Meet-the-Candidate events will be held on behalf of Avram Friedman, candidate for N.C. House of Representatives, District. 119: Annie’s Bakery in Sylva, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., and the Mad Batter on the WCU campus in Cullowhee, 5 to 7 p.m.

• April 9-15: Half-day, weeklong training period for workers at one-stop early voting sites.

• April 10: 11th District Congressional Candidates’ Forum, 2 to 3:30 p.m., St. John’s in the Wilderness, 1895 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock.

• April 11: Last day to make changes or register to be able to vote on May 6. (See details above for early voting.)

• April 14: Meet and Greet the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners candidates, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. Open to the public.

• April 17-May 3: One-Stop Early Voting allows you to vote in advance of the May 6 Primary, or to register and vote on the same day (bring ID). Locations: Asheville Senior Opportunity Center on Grove Street; Biltmore Square Mall; the Election Services Office; Carver Community Center in Black Mountain; Weaverville Town Hall; and the Fairview, Leicester, North Asheville, South Buncombe and West Asheville libraries.

• April 28: Presentations by the judicial candidates for the N.C. Court of Appeals, followed by a debate between the Republican primary candidates for Congress, District 11. Sponsored by the Asheville-Buncombe and the Henderson County Leagues of Women Voters, at Calvary Episcopal Church on Hendersonville Road, 7 p.m.

• May 6: Primary election.

We’d like to hear from any and all candidates/campaigners regarding events that are open to the public, and we’ll list them in our print calendar as well as on our Web site ( Please send the following information to name of event and candidate; time, place and date of event; contact name and phone number; whether the event is free or what cost is involved.


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