Chair, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners: Archerd vs. Newman

There will be a new Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners as incumbent David Gantt isn't seeking re-election. Republican Chuck Archerd is facing Democrat Brownie Newman.

Incumbent David Gantt is not seeking re-election. Democrat Brownie Newman, a current commissioner, is facing Republican Chuck Archerd. Read their thoughts on zoning, HB2, the economy, body camera footage and more.

You can also view campaign finance reports from Archerd and Newman here.

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Chuck Archerd,

Brownie Newman,

Archerd - Newman

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

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9 thoughts on “Chair, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners: Archerd vs. Newman

  1. Deplorable Infidel

    I’m guessing Newman supports the presidential candidate under multiple FBI investigations! He must be proud of her!

  2. The Real World

    Wait! Are those guys brothers….or clones….or separated at birth?

    Somethings going on here; uncanny.

    • boatrocker

      I smell a DNC cover up! Astounding observation- how did us sheeple miss that?
      The facts are right in front of us, if we only looked carefully!
      Why, they’re both males with receding hairlines and smiling!
      The at least 20 year age difference, glasses and different color hair, well…

  3. bsummers

    Still wondering why Archerd is willing to spend $250,000 of his own money on a losing race.

    • NFB

      Whether or not it is a losing race remains to be seen I suppose but I guess but hey, all those signs by the side of the road cost a boatload of money.

      • luther blissett

        The actual signs were relatively cheap, judging by the disclosure forms, though I hope they’re going to pay well to collect ’em all, with good insurance for the ones by busy roads. The bulk of the spending went on paid media spots and consulting / design fees to the marketing agency running Archerd’s campaign.

    • Deplorable Infidel

      because he’d rather spend his than other people’s money like a democrackkk does ?

  4. bsummers

    As of Friday afternoon, roughly twice as many registered Democrats had voted in Buncombe County than Republicans. If Archerd has some rabbit waiting in the hat that will deliver him the Chairmanship, I’ll be very impressed. But I think Brownie had this locked up from the beginning, and it wasn’t that hard to foresee. So my original question remains.

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