By Hayley Benton, Virginia Daffron & Max Hunt
Six candidates of the original 15 remain after the Oct. 6 primary election: Brian Haynes, Marc Hunt, Rich Lee, Julie Mayfield, Lindsey Simerly and Keith Young.
Of those six, only three will be elected to Asheville City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — and, based on the primary’s close numbers, it’ll likely be a fight to the finish.
The three seats up for grabs mark the end of Marc Hunt, Chris Pelly and Jan Davis’ four-year terms. Davis and Pelly have been on Council since 2003 and 2011, respectively, and only Vice Mayor Hunt is seeking re-election.
Early voting locations (open now through Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m.):
- Election Services, 77 McDowell Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Asheville Mall, 3 S. Tunnel Road, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Don’t know where to go on Tuesday, Nov. 3? Click here to find your Election Day polling location. That day, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Click the candidates’ photos to learn more about their views.
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Letters to the editor:
- Marc Hunt has advocated for public parks — Jack Igelman
- Haynes is passionate about progressive principles — Timothy Sadler
- Mayfield didn’t represent in water system negotiations — Beth Jezek
- Simerly, Hunt and Mayfield advocate for city residents — Gordon Smith
- Lee and Haynes have my vote — Leslee Reiter
- Simerly has experience to make Asheville better for working families — Sarah Grace Zambon
- Equality NC backs Hunt, Mayfield and Simerly — Guillermo Rodriguez
- Haynes, Young and Lee have interests of citizens at heart — Elaine Sargent
- Rich Lee offers voice of reason for City Council — Matt Christie
- Young, Haynes and Lee are in tune with voters — Kathleen Lyons
- Bothwell’s Sierra Club criticism is disappointing — Mark Threlkeld
- Lot across from Basilica must become park — Stuart Zitin
- Mayfield failed to fight hard for city water system — Barry Summers
- Mayfield: Experience with legislators makes me more effective — Julie Mayfield
- Even the Sierra Club makes mistakes — John Morris
- Sierra Club endorses three for City Council — Ken Brame
- Take a good look at the candidates who want your vote — Pat Wille
- Hunt, Mayfield and Simerly will accomplish great things — David Nutter
- Park issue creates support for Haynes, Young and Lee — Linda Brown
- Council primary reveals ‘Progressives in Name Only’ — Carl Mumpower
- Rich Lee understands the issues facing Asheville — Tom Adams
- Look at candidate’s own statements for views on park issue — Rich Lee
- Asheville needs practical, centrist City Council members — Christopher Pratt
- Neighborhoods should unite to vote for Lee —Valerie Hoh
- Sierra Club backs Hunt and Mayfield for City Council — Ken Brame
- Candidates should renounce St. Lawrence Green associations — Michael Blankenship
- St. Lawrence Green offers line in sand for City Council — Cecil Bothwell
- Brian Haynes offers thoughtful approach for City Council — Steve Rosenthal
- In City Council race, single-issue voting is shortsighted — Ned Ryan Doyle
- Lindsey Simerly understands diversity benefits Asheville — Anne Fitten Glenn
- Julie Mayfield has taken lead on transportation issues — Bruce Emory
- Simerly offers integrity, skill and commitment to serving community — Meghan Doubraski O’Malley
- Vote for Marc Hunt, an effective and reasonable leader — Billy Richards
- Marc Hunt’s approach to lot near Basilica is constructive, pragmatic — Kieran Roe
- Where do City Council candidates stand on future of lot near Basilica? — Kathleen Lyons
- City Council candidate Julie Mayfield is a skillful leader and mediator — Will Harlan
- Julie Mayfield would be an asset on City Council — Sarah Nuñez