Soil and water recount over: Israel, Hubbard keep leads

A two-day recount in the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation district supervisors’ race is over. Incumbent Elise Israel, along with newcomer Chase Hubbard, have retained their leads.

The recount was requested by incumbent supervisor Jeff Turner, after initial counts showed him narrowly losing to Hubbard for one of the two open seats. Under state law, a runner-up may request a recount if the margin of victory is less than one percent of all votes cast.

Hubbard actually widened his lead from 176 votes in initial counts to 183 in the final recount. The final count for the race is as follows:

Elise Israel 22,539
Chase Hubbard 21,697
Jeff Turner 21,534
Alan Ditmore 12,224
Write-in 541

— David Forbes, senior news reporter


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5 thoughts on “Soil and water recount over: Israel, Hubbard keep leads

  1. tatuaje


    I’ve heard people, including local reporters, remark on how uninterested they were in this race. I’m glad to see so many people took the time to vote for the two most qualified people running for such an important position.

  2. LOKEL

    What EXACTLY does this group of elected folks do for the citizens of Buncombe County …..

  3. Barry Summers

    Personally, I’m disappointed. I voted for Alan, & was looking forward to some fun times. Ah well…

  4. Well Chase does add some gravitas…plus he looks kinda hunky in the photo above.

    I glad he prevailed….looks to be an important position.

    “Hubbard is credited with several conservation initiatives here at Warren Wilson. Among these efforts are reforestation and streamside buffers on the Swannanoa River. According to Hubbard, managing the Warren Wilson farm is his top qualification and priority.

    “This farm is one of the most progressive farms in the county. We are serious about growing food. I want to balance that with conservation. My experience in food production and conservation practices is really what I bring to this board,” Hubbard said.”

  5. R.Bernier

    Its important that the board members make a stand & do what is right for the people.

    Hubbard appears to have a working knowledge of the tasks at hand, board members must jump in & ask questions & make a real stand.


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