The race is on: Eight declare for Asheville City Council

With the partisan voting issue still unresolved, the final slate of candidates for Asheville City Council could grow. But for the time being, here are the eight candidates who made the July 20 filing deadline, according to Buncombe County Election Services. They will all be vying for the seats currently held by Democratic Council members Jan Davis, Bryan Freeborn, and Brownie Newman.

DEMOCRATS:
Jan Davis (incumbent)
Bryan Freeborn (incumbent)
Brownie Newman (incumbent)
Elaine Lite

REPUBLICANS:
Bobby L. Johnston
Selina Sullivan
Bill Russell
Matthew Hebb

Want to know more about these candidates? You’re in luck. Pick up the Wednesday, July 25, issue of Xpress for profiles, photos and comments from each of the candidates. Plus, in our package of stories, you’ll also learn the latest on the drive to force a voter referendum on the issue of partisan Council elections — and how the issue could impact this year’s elections and the ability of independent candidates to run in the race, which have been non-partisan affairs since 1994.

Hal L. Millard, staff writer

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