If you can’t make tonight’s forum for candidates seeking seats on Asheville City Council, the grassroots radio station Asheville FM plans to broadcast live audio of the forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Web. Click here to listen.
Candidates running for three open seats on City Council, as well as the mayor’s seat, have been invited to the forum at the Hilton Asheville in Biltmore Park. The Rotary Club Asheville South is hosting the forum, which will be preceded by a candidate meet-and-greet.
Tuesday’s primary election will cut down the field of candidates to six people running for three open seats on City Council, and two candidates vying to be mayor. The candidates running for City Council are: Cecil Bothwell, Larry Chastain, Ryan Croft, J. Neal Jackson, Esther Manheimer, Councilmen Kelly Miller and Carl Mumpower, Cesar Romero and Gordon Smith. Candidate Jenny Bowen, whose name will appear on the ballot, has said she has withdrawn from the race. Councilwoman Robin Cape, who decided late to seek re-election, will not appear on the primary ballot but is running an active write-in campaign for the Nov. 3 general election. The candidates running for mayor are incumbent Mayor Terry Bellamy, Robert Edwards, Shad Marsh and Denise Pendleton.
Early voting in the election will continue into Saturday at the Buncombe County Board of Elections offices on College Street in downtown Asheville.
Check out the Mountain Xpress candidate questionnaire for detailed information about the candidates and where they stand on top issues in the race. And keep an eye on the Xpress Twitter feed here and here on Tuesday for up-to-the-minute coverage of primary election results.
— Jason Sandford