At-large, Buncombe County Board of Education

At-large, Buncombe County Board of Education: Matt Kern, Donna Pate and Amy Smith Wamsley.

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 non-partisan 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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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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