Joe Dunn, a former Asheville City Council member who signed up earlier this year to run for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, has announced in a letter that he has decided to drop out of the race.
“I have been torn between family and service to my community,” Dunn wrote.
“I have four wonderful grandchildren and a family that has always been supportive in the past. I no longer feel I should live my life and place my political future ahead of my family. Serving four years on Asheville City Council was an honor, but not without stress and worry about where this city is headed. The Buncombe County Commission is now taking on the same potential look as the current ‘progressive’ City Council. Voters had better wake up before it is too late.”
The race for the Board of Commissioners now features seven candidates actively seeking four seats on the board: Democrats Holly Jones, K. Ray Bailey, Carol Peterson and Bill Stanley are running against John Carroll, Ron McKee and Don Yelton. Peterson and Stanley are incumbents.
Board Chairman Nathan Ramsey, a Republican, is facing a challenge from fellow commissioner David Gantt, a Democrat.
Commissioner David Young, who sought and lost the Democratic Party’s nomination for state treasurer this spring, is not seeking re-election.
In other local-election news, the filing period is still open for candidates seeking to run for four Buncombe County Board of Education seats. The filing period ends at noon on Aug. 1. The seats up for election are: an at-large seat and seats in the North Buncombe, Owen and Roberson school districts.
For more information about local elections, go to the Buncombe County Board of Elections Web site. The board is accepting applications for employment for elections.
The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 10. For more information, go to the North Carolina State Board of Elections Web site.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor