Western North Carolina voters have many choices to make this fall. From the U.S. Senate down to the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, 2022’s midterm elections feature contested races at nearly all levels of government. Buncombe County residents will have the additional responsibility of deciding on two bond referendums that could see county government borrow $70 million for land conservation and affordable housing initiatives.
It’s a lot to unpack. That’s why Mountain Xpress is presenting information about every contested local race to represent Buncombe County residents. Along with the full online version here, you can find a print version in two parts, being published on Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. The first covers Asheville city government races, as well as contests for the local school boards; the second covers Buncombe County races, the N.C. General Assembly and U.S. House District 11.
Early in-person voting begins Thursday, Oct. 20, and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 5. The Buncombe County Board of Elections has more information about when and where to vote.
Absentee ballots to vote by mail may be requested through Tuesday, Nov. 1. Polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Xpress has also compiled a list of voting FAQs to answer questions about the process and timeline.
Responses from candidates for each contested general election race are available at the pages linked below:
- Asheville City Council
- Asheville Mayor
- Asheville City Board of Education
- Buncombe County Board of Education
- Buncombe County bond referendums
- Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
- Buncombe County Sheriff
- Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors
- N.C. House of Representatives Districts 114-116
- N.C. Senate Districts 46 and 49
- U.S. House of Representatives District 11
Previous Xpress coverage of the 2022 general election is available at the pages linked below:
- “$70M for land conservation, affordable housing up to Buncombe voters” — Aug. 19, 2022, avl.mx/c3c
- “Edwards, Republican panel talk ‘leftist agenda’ in schools” — Aug. 29, 2022, avl.mx/c3r
- “Manheimer, Berthiaume pull in Asheville campaign funds” — Sept. 7, 2022, avl.mx/c3n
- “NC-11 candidates talk issues, strategy ahead of Election Day” — Sept. 7, 2022, avl.mx/xmasjbh
- “Buncombe County Commission candidates talk policy, vision at CIBO forum” — Sept. 12, 2022, avl.mx/c3q
- “How local candidates put donations to use” — Sept. 16, 2022, avl.mx/xmasjbg
- “NC House candidates participate in AAAC’s ArtsAVL Town Hall” — Sept. 16, 2022, avl.mx/c3p
- “Asheville, Buncombe prepare for school board elections” — Sept. 22, 2022, avl.mx/c3o
- “County commissioner candidates participate in AAAC’s Arts AVL Town Hall” — Sept. 30, 2022 avl.mx/c3u
- “AAAC hosts its third and final 2022 Arts AVL Town Hall” — Oct. 17, 2022, avl.mx/c3t