Campaign calendar

Thursday, Sept. 18: Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum, featuring candidates for chairmanship of the Buncombe Board of Commissioners, plus candidates for county commission and state legislative positions. Candidates will address their top-priority issues, and there will be Q&A time available. For more information, contact Jeff Joyce at 258-6122. The forum takes place at the Chamber, 36 Montford Ave.; county commission candidates, 3 to 4 p.m.; candidates for chair, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.; local legislative candidates, 5 to 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 19: Meet and Greet in Black Mountain with David Gantt, candidate for chairman of the Buncombe Board of Commissioners. RSVP at www.ganttforbuncombe.org or call 442-9252.
Tuesday, Sept. 23: Candidate Forum for the N.C. House Districts 115 and 116 and Senate District 49, sponsored by the Asheville Civitan Club, takes place at noon, Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville. RSVP if you would like lunch ($7.50) to webmaster@ashevillecivitan.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 24: A Town Hall Forum highlighting the 2008 General Assembly Session is being sponsored by the Henderson County Republican Men’s Club, featuring GOP candidate for the 17th District (Henderson County), Carolyn Justus, and GOP candidate for the 113th District (Transylvania, Southern Henderson and Polk), David Guice. As time permits, congressional candidate Carl Mumpower and Henderson County Commission candidate Chuck McGrady will present updates on their campaigns. The 8 a.m. program is at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville; doughnuts and coffee available at 7:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25: The Council of Independent Business Owners hosts Nathan Ramsey and David Gantt, candidates for Buncombe County Commission chair, at its September “power lunch” at the Asheville Country Club. The public is invited; $15 for lunch. RSVP no later than Sept. 18 by calling Patty at 254-2426.
Monday, Sept. 29: Meet and Greet in South Asheville with David Gantt, candidate for chairman of the Buncombe Board of Commissioners. RSVP at www.ganttforbuncombe.org or call 442-9252.
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Asheville Civitan Club luncheon meeting at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville. Citizens are encouraged to come as early as 11 a.m. to meet the candidates for Buncombe County commission chair, and the forum will begin promptly at 12:15 p.m. with introductions followed by questions and answers. To RSVP, call Keith Thompson at 215-4650.
Monday, Oct. 6: The Wilshire Park Community Club hosts the Buncombe County Commission chair candidates for a potluck dinner and speaking event at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place in Asheville, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited.
Friday, Oct. 10: Registration deadline for new registrants or for address changes in order to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. (The exception to this deadline is to register and vote at the same time during One-Stop Early Voting between Oct. 16 and Nov. 1.) If you will be 18 on or before Nov. 4, you are eligible to register to participate in this election.
Monday, Oct. 20: Candidates forum for the Buncombe Board of Commissioners and for board chair, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County, 7 p.m. at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.
Monday, Oct. 27: Candidates forum for N.C. Senate District 49 and House Districts 114, 115 and 116, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County, 7 p.m. at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.

For information about voter registration, absentee ballots or other election questions, call your county board of elections (in Buncombe County, call 250-4200). Send calendar listings of events open to the public in writing to Nelda Holder at nholder@mountainx.com, or PO Box 144, Asheville NC 28802.

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