Housing. Jobs. Poverty. Development. Budgets. Neighborhoods. Taxes. Fights with Raleigh. The accountability of those charged with enforcing and interpreting the law.
These are some of the issues in this year’s Asheville City Council race. Eight candidates are vying for three seats, each proposing their own solutions and offering different takes on the challenges facing Asheville. And with incumbents Brownie Newman and Bill Russell bowing out, the next Council is sure to include some new faces.
Early voting in the Council primary began Sept. 22 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 8. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Ashevilleans will cast their final primary votes, helping determine which six candidates will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.
To help voters decide who they want representing them on City Council, Xpress queried all eight candidates about their positions on key issues; here’s what they had to say. In addition, we invite you to check http://mountainx.com/election for candidate interviews and other campaign-related information.