Campaign calendar

Local campaigning for the November elections is heating up, so Campaign Calendar will appear regularly from now until Xpress’ last edition before Nov. 4. We will spotlight campaign events that are open to the public, and we invite all candidates to send their campaign news for inclusion here. Please give us a brief description of the event, including the time, date and location, and don’t forget to give us a contact telephone number and e-mail address. Send all listings in writing to Nelda Holder at, or at PO Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802.
• Wednesday, Aug. 27: The Buncombe County Republican Party’s “Republicans Are Listening” tour will make a stop at the Fairview Library, 7 p.m. The public is invited to meet the Republican candidates and discuss the issues facing Buncombe County. (Visit for more info.)
• Thursday, Aug. 28: The Republican listening tour rolls on to the Skyland Fire Department at 7 p.m. Future stops will be the Swannanoa Library on Sept. 10 and the North Asheville Library on Sept. 15.
• Tuesday, Sept. 2: Candidates for local, state and federal offices from all parties have been invited to meet with the public at a nonpartisan “Meet the Candidates Night” from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eastwood Diner, 230 Charlotte Highway in Asheville.
• 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 and 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. in the Woodfin Community Center.
• Saturday, Sept. 6: The Buncombe County Democrats are hosting “United We Win”—a unity event—at their headquarters building, 951 Old Fairview Road in Asheville. Open to the public and free of charge, the event offers food to go along with family fun, appearances by Rep. Heath Shuler and N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, as well as other Council of State, judiciary and local candidates.


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  1. Nelda Holder

    This is a note in response to a phone message regarding Campaign Calendar. The caller interpreted the Sept. 4 listing to be saying that Barack Obama would be appearing at the listed event, but the calendar entry (above) instead states that a SPOKESPERSON for Obama plans to attend. Hope this clears up any misunderstanding.

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