***UPDATED Nov. 30, noon: Our online-polling account allowed only 100 voters to cast a ballot, so unfortunately this poll has closed, so to speak.
With the votes in, here are the results:
Abigail Emison, 27 votes
Cecil Bothwell and George Keller, 12
Gordon Smith, 11
Jenny Bowen, 8
Bryan Freeborn, 5
Lisa-Gaye Hall, Rebecca Hecht, Ed Hay, Barber Melton, Duane Nix, 3
William C. Meredith, Kelly Miller, Suzanne Molloy, 2
Randall Barnett, Dana W. Bierce, Bill Branyon, Anthony Alan Coxie, Sylvia E. Farrington, Clifford O. Feingold, Spencer Ellis Hardaway, Charlie Hume, Michael R. Kerr, Catherine S. Martin and John Quinn, 1.***
***UPDATED Nov. 29, 1 p.m.: With 96 votes tallied, Abigail Emison led with 26. Cecil Bothwell and George Keller were tied for second with 11 votes each, and Gordon Smith had 10 votes. Jenny Bowen had 8, Bryan Freeborn had 5, and Lisa-Gaye Hall, Rebecca Hecht, Barber Melton and Duane Nix had 3 votes each. The rest of the field had one vote or none.***
Asheville City Council says it will choose the next person to fill a vacant seat, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get a vote — at least unofficially. Show City Council who you would choose by voting in the Mountain Xpress online poll.
In the November elections, Asheville City Council member Holly Jones ran for, and won, a seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. That win left a seat open on City Council.
Council members decided to fill the position by accepting applications, then interviewing a select few and picking one person to fill Jones’ unexpired term, which will last one more year. Council has received a whopping 47 applications for the seat, and will begin the process of deciding whom to interview at its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting.
Plenty of people are arguing that the voting public should still have a say. So we invite you to cast your online ballot here, where we’ll give regular updates on the results. We know it’s not in any way an official or scientific poll, but it’s an opportunity for you to weigh in with your pick.
Need background information? Go to the Xpress Files, and you’ll be able to view each applicants’ individual file.
Cast your ballot now — and please adhere to the honor system and vote only once.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor