It’s party time: Politics at the local level

This Saturday’s precinct meetings for the Buncombe County Democrats herald the season of party organizing for the coming year, with the Buncombe County Republicans Lincoln-Reagan Dinner following close behind on Monday, Feb. 19, the newly minted Buncombe County Greens getting together March 3 and the Libertarian Party Convention coming up March 26.

• Saturday, Feb. 17, B.C. Democrats: Annual precinct meetings for the Democrats take place for most precincts at 10 a.m. (with a make-up date of Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.) at the respective precinct polling places. The business of the day is election of precinct officers, and consideration of resolutions and designation of delegates for the upcoming county convention (April 14, 10 a.m., Buncombe County Courthouse). Some precincts do meet on a separate schedule, however, so party members should check the Web site or call their precinct chair.

• Monday, Feb. 19, B.C. Republican Party: The annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Reception and Dinner takes place at the Crest Center (for reservations, call 626-2123 or use the party’s Web site). Guest speaker for the evening is Frances Rice, Chairman of the National Black Republican Association. Candidates for the county chairmanship—Mike Harrison and Chad Nesbitt—promise to be omnipresent at the dinner. The Republican precinct meetings take place on Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m. in Ferguson Auditorium at A-B Tech, followed by the annual county convention with election of county officers and delegates to the district convention on April 28.

• Saturday, March 3, Buncombe County Green Party:
A nascent Green Party organization in Buncombe County recently elected Helen Holifield its temporary chair. The group currently meets the first Saturday of each month, with the next meeting on March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon (tentatively scheduled at the West Asheville Library).

• Monday, March 26, Buncombe County Libertarian Party: The Libertarians hold their county convention at 7 p.m. at the El Chapala Restaurant. Business of the evening, according to current chair Carl Milsted, Jr., will be election of officers.

— Nelda Holder, news and opinion editor


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