Shades of red and blue?: Asheville City Council May 22 meeting preview

Some say it clarifies candidates’ standings. Others say it alienates third-party contenders. The possible switch to partisan elections for Asheville’s Council and mayoral seats is sure to fire up some commentary, and whatever you have to say about it, this is your chance to say it.

Council will hear public comment on the idea at its Tuesday, May 22, meeting, but will not vote on the issue until June 11. Asheville’s elections have been nonpartisan for more than a decade, but there are rumblings, especially from Council member Brownie Newman, about switching back. Should Council change the city’s charter to put Democrat and Republican tickets back on the ballot?

At the same meeting, Council will also hear proposals for a living-wage policy for city employees, an update on the HUB economic plan and a partnership proposal by Warren Wilson College to help the city get up to speed on LEED certification and green building.

Council meets at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall. The complete agenda is available here.

Brian Postelle, staff writer


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