2016 election guide

Xpress presents its voter guide featuring candidate questionnaires with federal, state and local candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and early voting runs through Nov. 5. Below you will find questionnaires from candidates at the federal, state and local levels.

You can also find our federal and state election coverage in the current, Oct. 26, issue and our county election coverage in the upcoming Nov. 3 issue.

For more resources about early voting schedules, locations, samples ballots, polling locations and more visit here.

There are two ways to view Xpress’ Q&As with the candidates: Either click the candidate’s picture to see a text version of their answers or click the grid for a candidate comparison view.

Scroll down to see our coverage or skip to a race:

Congressional:

NC Senate and House:

Board of Commissioners, Buncombe County:

Register of Deeds, Buncombe County:

Board of Education, Buncombe County:

City of Asheville bond referendum:

Town of Woodfin bond referendum:

10th Congressional District

There are two ways to view Xpress‘ Q&A with the candidates: Either click the candidates’ picture to see a text version of their answers or click to expand the grid below.



Patrick McHenry (I),
Republican


Andy Millard,
Democrat

McHenry-Millard

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11th Congressional District

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Rick Bryson,
Democrat


Mark Meadows (I),
Republican

Candidate Grid 10-26 Bryson - Meadows
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North Carolina Senate District 48

There are two ways to view Xpress‘ Q&A with the candidates: Either click the candidates’ picture to see a text version of their answers or click to expand the grid below.

No incumbent, Chuck Edwards was appointed to finish Sen. Tom Apodaca’s term.



Norm Bossert,
Democrat


Chuck Edwards,
Republican

Bossert-Edwards
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North Carolina Senate District 49

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William Beau Meredith,
Libertarian


Terry Van Duyn (I),
Democrat

Candidate Grid 10-26 Meredith - Van Duyn
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North Carolina House District 114

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Susan Fisher is running unopposed.



Susan Fisher (I),
Democrat

Candidate Grid 10-26 Fisher
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North Carolina House District 115

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John Ager (I),
Democrat


Frank Moretz,
Republican

Ager - Moretz
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North Carolina House District 116

There are two ways to view Xpress‘ Q&A with the candidates: Either click the candidate’s picture to see a text version of their answers or click to expand the grid below.

Brian Turner is running unopposed.



Brian Turner (I),
Democrat

Candidate Grid 10-26 Turner
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Chair, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

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There is no incumbent; current Chair, David Gantt, is not running for re-election.



Chuck Archerd,
Republican


Brownie Newman,
Democrat

Archerd - Newman
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District 1, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

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Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is running unopposed.



Jasmine Beach-Ferrara,
Democrat

Beach-Ferrara Grid
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District 2, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

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Mike Fryar (I),
Republican


Nancy Nehls Nelson,
Democrat

Fryer - Nehls Nelson
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District 3, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

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Joe Belcher (I),
Republican


Ed Hay,
Democrat

Belcher-Hay Grid
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District 3, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners (Short-term)

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This two-year term was created by the resignation of Miranda DeBruhl earlier this year.



Robert Pressley,
Republican


David King,
Democrat

Pressley - King
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Register of Deeds, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

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Pat Cothran,
Republican


Drew Reisinger (I),
Democrat

Cothran - Reisigner
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At-large, Buncombe County Board of Education

Click the candidates’ picture to see their endorsements and why they are running.

The Buncombe County Board of Education is a seven-member body that meets monthly to support and provide oversight to Buncombe County Schools. There are six districts corresponding with each of the high schools in the county (not including Asheville City Schools) and one at-large seat.

All of the seats are filled by nonpartisan elections for 4-year terms. While those running for specific seats must be from that district, residents of all the districts may vote for one candidate in each race.

This year four of the seats are up for election, and only the current chairwoman, Ann Franklin of the North Buncombe District is running unopposed. Meanwhile there are four names on the ballot for the Owen district although one is not actively running. Three candidates are vying for the at-large seat. The only incumbent with opposition is Amy Churchill, who’s trying to defend her seat against Laura Bowen — both are personally registered as Republicans.



Matt Kern


Donna Pate


Amy Smith Wamsley

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North Buncombe District

Click the candidates’ picture to see their endorsements and why they are running.



Ann Franklin

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Owen District, Buncombe County Board of Education

Click the candidates’ picture to see their endorsements and why they are running.



Margaret Buchanan


Bob Chilmonik


Mark Crawford


Mark Siler

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Roberson District, Buncombe County Board of Education

Click the candidates’ picture to see their endorsements and why they are running.



Laura Bowen


Amy Churchill

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City of Asheville $74 million dollar bond referendum

For more information click the graphics below:



Xpress:
Where the
funding goes


Xpress:
Leaders, organizations
weigh in


City-sponsored
information

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Town of Woodfin $4.5 million dollar bond



Xpress:
Big Funding, Big Debt

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About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at dhesse@mountainx.com.

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