The Buncombe County GOP has had its hands full replacing candidates at the local and state levels. Two ballot vacancies, and an immediate opening on county commission, were created in May due to Miranda DeBruhl‘s sudden resignation from the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Local Republican party leadership tapped Tim Moffit as an immediate short-term replacement, Robert Pressley to run for the District 3 seat that holds a two-year term and Chuck Archerd to run for chair of the county board.
While county Republicans were working on those replacements, their candidate for House District 116, Kay Olsen, dropped out of that race. Nathan West, chair of the Buncombe County GOP, says the party likely won’t fill that vacancy before the state-mandated deadline of Thursday, Aug. 25. “We are not going to make the deadline. We have not had a candidate come forward. So it appears we won’t have anyone run,” West told Xpress.
Democrat Brian Turner, House District 116’s incumbent, is running for a second term. Turner defeated Moffit, who was then running for a third term in the state house, in November 2014.
Republicans still have until Aug. 25 to put a replacement candidate on the ballot before Turner would officially run unopposed. House District 116 serves the westernmost part of Buncombe County.