Former Xpress reporter and editor and local activist Cecil Bothwell has confirmed that he will run for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. He will file on Monday, he confirmed in an e-mail.
First reported by the Scrutiny Hooligans, Bothwell promised more information during a formal announcement Monday. He joins a crowded field on the Democratic side that includes Asheville City Council member Holly Jones and current commissioners Bill Stanley and Carol Peterson, as well as Vernon Dover, K. Ray Bailey, Keith Thomson and Robert E. “Bob” Hill. On the Republican side, John Carroll and Michael Fryar have filed for commissioner.
Republican board Chairman Nathan Ramsey has filed for re-election, and Commissioner David
Gannt Gantt, a Democrat, has filed to challenge him.
— David Forbes, staff writer