Glenda Weinert announces run for Buncombe County Commission chair

Glenda Weinert

Pictured: Weinert filing for her candidacy Feb. 27 at the Buncombe County Board of Elections. Photo courtesy of the Weinert campaign.

Childcare advocate and businesswoman Glenda Weinert announced Feb. 27 that she will run for chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The Republican will contend with J.B. Howard in the May 8 primary to represent the party.

Weinert formerly owned Little Beaver Child Care Centers and is currently managing a home health care business. She also has a wealth of public service experience, including a position serving on the board of the Children’s Welfare League of Asheville.

Democrat incumbent David Gantt is facing a primary challenge from Milton Byrd.

The winner of both primaries will face off in the November general election.

Unlike the commissioner seats, which were changed by the N.C. General Assembly to be filled by district, the primary and general election for the board position will still be conducted countywide.

Here’s Weinert’s full announcement

Local Childcare Advocate Runs For Buncombe County Commission Chair

Glenda Weinert will file for the office of Chairman of the Buncombe County Commission today at 9:00 a.m. at the Buncombe County Board of Elections. Mrs. Weinert has been a community leader on behalf of children, has served on a number of child care boards and was appointed to the North Carolina Childcare Commission by the Speaker of the House last year. Once past the primary, she will face current Chairman David Gantt. 

“Responsibility must come back to Buncombe County,” said Glenda Weinert. “Electing public officials with financial experience, both in business and in an educational background, is important during these trying economic times.” 

Glenda Weinert is the former owner of one of Buncombe County’s largest child care networks and currently manages a home health care business in the county. Mrs. Weinert also has an accounting degree and an MBA. 

For your information and convenience, Glenda Weinert’s resume follows. For further information, please visit her website at


Dynamic operating executive. Effectively planned and operated five for-profit child Day Care facilities in the Asheville area. Conceptualized and executed strategic business growth while maintaining positive cash flow. Grew family-owned company (founded in 1958) from one to five locations throughout Buncombe County with a typical annual enrollment of 550 children and 100+ employees. Skilled negotiator who successfully planned, designed and executed construction of five Day Care facilities while containing costs and increasing the quality of child care. Passionate community service volunteer with outstanding communications skills and the ability to facilitate grants and funds from private donors. Proficient at operational forecasting and budgeting cost-reduction and service optimization.

Professional Experience

Chief Executive Officer, BrightStar Healthcare. 2009-present. Partner in a home health care franchise with territories including all of Western North Carolina. Responsible for oversight and financial management, hiring and supervision of key staff and establishing/maintaining effective business model to maximize growth.

Owner/President, GCW Consulting Services. 2008-present. Professional consultant to private for-profit and non-profit businesses, offering analysis of current business practices, budgeting and operations, and innovative recommendations for changes and improvements to current business for cost-reduction and service optimization.

Owner/President,  Little Beaver Child Care Centers. Operating executive effectively planned and operated five NC state-licensed for-profit child day care facilities in the Asheville area. Conceptualized and executed strategic business growth while maintaining positive cash flow. Executed entrepreneurial plan to grow business from original family-owned company (begun in 1958) with one location, to five locations with an annual enrollment of 550 children and over 100 employees.


▪ Doctor of Business Administration, University of Phoenix. 2007-present
▪ MBA in Organizational Management, Kennesaw State University. 1992-1994
▪ Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Lee University. 1981-1985
▪ Honors Diploma, Asheville High School. 1978-1981

Community/Volunteer Activities

▪ Board Member, Children’s Welfare League of Asheville. 2009-present
▪ Business Advisory Council Member, Lee University. 2000-present
▪ Board Member, North Asheville Christian School. 2007-present
▪ Board Chair, Friends of North Asheville Christian School. 2009-present
▪ Chairman of the Board, Irene Wortham Center. 2008-2009
▪ Vice-Chairman, Irene Wortham Center. 2007-2008
▪ Board Member, Irene Wortham Center. 2005-2007
▪ Sustaining Advisor to the Board, Junior League of Asheville. 2008-2009
▪ President, Junior League of Asheville. 2005-2006
▪ Vice President of Community, Junior League of Asheville. 2002-2003
▪ Vice President of Finance, Junior League of Asheville. 2000-2001
▪ Community Advisory Council, Children First of Buncombe County. 2002-present
▪ Board Member, Asheville Tourists Children’s Fund. 1999-present
▪ Member, Asheville Downtown Rotary Club. 2007-present

Awards & Certifications

▪ YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) Award, 2011
▪ North Carolina Real Estate Commission, 2008
▪ United Way Volunteer Leader of the Year, 2004
▪ Leadership Asheville 21, 2002
▪ Hands-on Buncombe’s Dovia Award: Volunteer of the Year, 2001
▪ Who’s Who in American Business Women, 2000


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One thought on “Glenda Weinert announces run for Buncombe County Commission chair

  1. Glenda Weinert

    Thank you for posting this, Jake. I’m looking forward to a spirited campaign and to meeting all of your readers over the next eight months. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me at or visit my website at

    Thanks very much everyone! Hope to see you all soon!


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