First things first: Primary 2010

Which candidates will come out on top in the May 4 primary?

It all depends on your vote.

In the following pages, you'll find candidates' responses to an Xpress questionnaire, interviews with state House candidates Patsy Keever and Bruce Goforth, a summary of the judicial races, an insider's look at the hunt for Rep. Heath Shuler's congressional seat, and a snippet about perennial contenders R. L. Clark and Don Yelton. (Goforth, a four-term incumbent, declined to answer the questionnaire but did speak with Xpress reporter David Forbes.)

Want to know what Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and Democratic challenger Rocky Owenby have to say about racial profiling and immigration? Find their answers in the election grid. Want to know congressional candidates' positions on health-care reform? Read their answers. And in "Primary Primer," you'll also get a more up-close-and-personal view of the six Republicans and one Democrat setting their sights on Shuler's seat.

For a list of campaign-related events, consult our Campaign Calendar in the Buzz section.

Check out the 2010 Xpress Voters Guide

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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