Campaign calendar

The first step towards voting in this year’s general election on Nov. 4 is to make sure you are registered to vote—and registered correctly. The state’s registration deadline is 25 days before the election date (Oct. 10). If you are registering as a Buncombe County resident for the first time, or if you need to change your current registration in some way, forms are available at a number of governmental service offices or at any of the county’s branch libraries, and at the Buncombe County Board of Elections at 189 College St. In a special extension of registration privileges, individuals will also be allowed to register and vote during N.C.‘s One-Stop Registration and Absentee Voting period, beginning Oct. 16 and ending Nov. 1. If you have questions about registration, contact the Board of Elections at 250-4200. Note: Paid workers are still needed for the early voting sites (must know how to type). Call Rachel Brown at the BOE, 250-4200.

Wednesday, Sept. 3: Meet-and-Greet in Barnardsville with David Gantt, candidate for chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. RSVP through the Web site, or call 442-9252.

Thursday, Sept. 4: North Buncombe Democrats sponsor a Meet-and-Greet with local, state and federal Democratic candidates. Candidates expected at the event include Rep. Heath Shuler from Congressional District 11, Sen. Martin Nesbitt from N.C. District 49; Jane Whilden, candidate for N.C. House District 116; and spokespersons for Rep. Susan Fisher (House District 114) and presidential candidate Barack Obama. Commission candidates expected are David Gantt (running for chairman), incumbents Carol Peterson and Bill Stanley, and challengers K. Ray Bailey, Holly Jones. Other candidates who have been invited include Kay Hagan, running for U.S. Senate, and Bev Perdue candidate for governor. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 in the Woodfin Community Center, sponsored by the North Buncombe Cluster of precincts.

Saturday, Sept. 6: Unity Event—Under the Big Tent featuring Democratic candidates Rep. Heath Shuler for Congress, incumbent Elaine Marshall for secretary of state, state Sen. Janet Cowell for N.C. treasurer, incumbent June Atkinson for superintendent of public instruction, and judges Cheri Beasley and Linda Stephens for N.C. Court of Appeals, at the Buncombe County Democratic Headquarters, 4 p.m., 951 Old Fairview Road, Asheville. (If you’d like to help set up, clean up or park cars, call 274-4482.)

Tuesday, Sept. 9: Fundraiser for John Carroll, candidate for county commissioner, at the Crowfield Clubhouse, 1745 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, 5:30 p.m., featuring finger food and drinks.

Tuesday, Sept. 9: Volunteer meeting for commission candidate Ron McKee at BCGOP Headquarters, 46 Haywood Road in West Asheville, to distribute campaign signs. Call 687-7050.

Wednesday, Sept. 10: Commission candidates John Carroll and Mike Fryar will be guest speakers at the Buncombe County Republican Women’s Club meeting at the Corner Stone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road in Asheville, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13: Barnardsville Meet and Greet with Republican candidates Carl Mumpower (Congress), R.L. Clark (N.C. Senate), and the candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, starting at 2 p.m. To RSVP, contact

Friday, Sept. 19: Meet-and-Greet in Black Mountain with David Gantt, candidate for chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. RSVP through the Web site at, or call 442-9252.
Monday, Sept. 29: Meet-and-Greet in South Asheville with David Gantt, candidate for chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. RSVP through the Web site at, or call 442-9252.

Send all listings of events open to the public in writing to Nelda Holder at, or PO Box 144, Asheville NC 28802.


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