Buncombe GOP searches for commish candidate

With former Asheville City Council member Joe Dunn dropping out of the race for a county commissioner’s seat, the Buncombe County Republican Party has put out an open call for a replacement candidate.

According to the official announcement, the party’s executive committee, led by Chair Timothy Johnson, is taking nominations, inviting any Republican to submit their name. They’ll officially decide on a replacement candidate on Aug. 18. That person will join John Carroll, Ron McKee and Don Yelton, who all won the May primary along with Dunn. They’ll face the Democratic Party’s nominees, City Council member Holly Jones, former AB-Tech President K. Ray Bailey and current commissioners Carol Peterson and Bill Stanley.

The full announcement is below.

— David Forbes, staff writer


Buncombe GOP Begins Search for County Commission Candidate

With Joe Dunn officially withdrawing his name from the race for one of four County Commission seats this election, the Buncombe County Republican Party’s Executive Committee has begun the process for choosing a new candidate.  The organization is accepting nominations and will make a final decision on August 18th.

“All Republicans with a sincere interest in serving the people of Buncombe County according to the Republican Principles are encouraged to submit their names for consideration,” says Dr. Timothy Johnson, Chairman of the Buncombe GOP.

The new candidate will be running alongside three other Republican candidates for County Commission, John Carroll, Don Yelton, and Ron McKee, as well as incumbent candidate for Commission Chairman, Nathan Ramsey.

Those interested in being considered can contact the Buncombe County Republican Party at (828) 253-5800 or info@buncombegop.org.

For more information on the Buncombe County Republican Party and to read our 2008 Agenda and Republican Principles, please visit:



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13 thoughts on “Buncombe GOP searches for commish candidate

  1. I am sure your offer was given all the consideration it deserved, Gordon… but, just out of curiosity, what is your stance on zoning?

  2. Reality Check

    How about Mumpower? He doesn’t seem to want the Congressional seat that he primaried for and defeated a couple of guys who actually seemed to have interest it. He ought to have plenty of time on his hands.

  3. The neat thing about this election’s Congressional race, regardless of whether Carl or Heath wins, progressives are still going to be apoplectic and conservatives generally satisfied.

    But I’m still pulling for Carl.

  4. Apoplectic, Ralph?

    I’m entirely pleased with Shuler’s votes on workers’ rights, environmental legislation, small business, education, and more. While there are some areas that he falls short in, I’m hardly cursing his name.

  5. Reality Check

    Heath is definitely not the “Pelosi Boy” everyone thought would happen. The right was sure of it and the left hoped for it. Neither were correct.

  6. Gordon, you were not so complimentary to Shuler when I heard you discuss him in person… and the same on some of your postings.

    Shuler is actually closer to the old time ‘Solid South’ Democrats we had when I was growing up then. It’s a whole different party now.

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