Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower is one of hundreds of people photographed for Jenny Bowen’s ongoing Faces of Asheville portraits project, but in some ways he stands out in the crowd.
That was the vibe when Mumpower was asked to give a personal testimonial about his feelings for Asheville at a Faces fundraiser on Feb. 15 at the Orange Peel. Before a audience of mostly progressive locals, the conservative politician received heckles, jeers, laughter and, ultimately, applause.
Xpress was there to video the unique encounter. Click below to see Mumpower discuss his feelings on drug policy (including some comments on marijuana legalization that surprised many in attendance). Click here, here and here for the remainder of his talk.
— Jon Elliston, managing editor