Early voting for congressional primaries underway

Early voting starts Thursday, May 26, for the June 7 primary.

The primaries for candidates in the 10th and 11th congressional districts, and for North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice, are officially open. The delayed primary is the result of a Feb. 5 federal court ruling in a lawsuit filed by voters in Mecklenburg and Durham counties. That ruling led to all of the state’s congressional districts being redrawn, a task that couldn’t be completed in time for the March 15 general primary. Residents of Buncombe County are represented by both the 10th and 11th congressional districts.

Early voting starts Thursday, May 26, and runs through Saturday, June 4, with no voting during Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. You can view a schedule of times and dates here.

In the 10th congressional district there are four Republicans running, including six-term incumbent Patrick McHenry and challengers Jeffrey BakerJeff Gregory and Albert Wiley Jr. The only Democrat running is Andy Millard; He will automatically advance to the general election to face the winner of the Republican primary.

The 11th congressional district features two Democrats vying for the chance to take on two-term Republican incumbent Mark Meadows in November. The 11th district democratic congressional candidates are Tom Hill and Rick Bryson.

In next week’s issue, out Wednesday, June 1, Xpress will publish a voter guide featuring questions and answers from all six primary candidates in the 10th and 11th congressional districts.

The North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice is a nonpartisan race with four candidates: Robert EdmundsSabra Jean Faires, Michael Morgan and Daniel Robertson. The Buncombe County GOP is endorsing Robert Edmunds and the Buncombe County Democratic Party is endorsing Michael Morgan.

More voting information:
Sample ballot
Find polling place and congressional district
Voter ID requirements


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About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at dhesse@mountainx.com.

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42 thoughts on “Early voting for congressional primaries underway

    • bsummers

      Pretty self explanatory, if you put down the insults for half a sec & read…

      The Republicans in the NCGA passed a law that changed the way that Supreme Court justices are elected, obviously to benefit Republican Robert Edmunds. It was struck down as unconstitutional. That’s the only reason we have a list of candidates to choose from.

      That’s not called “babbling”, Mr. Peck. That’s called paying attention.

      • Pay attention to this, Barry:

        Justice Edmunds recused himself from the retention elections case. There is no obligation to recuse. The remaining six justices entered a split decision, leaving a lower court decision in place that struck down retention elections. Edmunds did the right thing, the ethical thing, and he is the best choice for the state’s high court — even in a contested election.

        So, please do babble on, Barry. This is your playground.

        • bsummers

          Every time you insult me, it makes me more determined to stand up for what’s right. Thanks again for the encouragement.

          I’m voting Michael Morgan.

        • bsummers

          I’m sure your advocacy for Edmunds will yield the same results you delivered for Tim Moffitt. Keep up the good work.

      • Peter Robbins

        So there, Barry. Are you going to admit you’re right now or what?

          • Edmunds has the endorsement of 95 of 100 county Sheriff’s, including Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan (D).

            Maybe you should stick to political movie reviews. At least there you can fake it.

          • bsummers

            There. You’ve been duly insulted by The Master. Are you going to apologize for your pathetic attempt to voice an opinion?

          • Ken Hanke

            I am too crestfallen to know what to do. I mean just because I assume that anyone endorsed by the GOP and Mr. Peck is someone I don’t want to vote for…

          • Evidenced by your limited acumen, Mr. Hanke, it’s best you look for a suitable heuristic for making decisions. that don’t have to do with a Best Boy.

          • bsummers

            I’m pretty sure he just called you stupid, Ken. Have you had enough yet? Are you ready to support Justice Edmunds?

          • Ken Hanke

            No, I’m not. Oh, for the days, when the…erudite Mr. P. covered the comments section of the review for that masterpiece of money-losing bad cinema Atlas Shrugged with link after link to right-wing websites that said it was good.

          • I have to be generous and give Hanke’s political sense a solid one-half stars. After all, he is trying to be objective. Bless his heart.

          • “Are you going to vote for Edmunds, Mr Peck?”

            I’m sure North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert Edmunds can count on your vote as well as that of the phony part-time movie, I mean film reviewer. Me? I just love seeing you progressive boobs squirm.

          • Huhsure

            You didn’t answer Peter’s question, Tim. It’s a simple one.

          • Ken Hanke

            Why is Mr. Peck afraid to answer a simple question? Why for that matter is he allowed to implicitly call Mr. Summers a “douche?”

          • Peter Robbins

            Let me make the question easier. Are there any circumstances, Mr. Peck, under which you could vote for Edmunds?

  1. bsummers

    I think the fact that the NCGOP is so desperate to keep a grip on the State Supreme Court and so concerned that they couldn’t do it in a fair election, that they’d twist the election rules to benefit Justice Edmunds, is reason enough to vote him out. The fact that local henchmen are pulling out all the insult stops to help, just seals the deal.

    Heck, I’m going to get off my duff and really work for Michael Morgan now. Thanks, local henchmen!

    • bsummers

      You mean like this one?:


      Where I point out the crazy immoral lengths the State of North Carolina is willing to go to in order to seize Asheville’s water system? I’m speaking of course, of their argument that the disastrous State seizure of Flint, Michigan water was actually a big success story. OK, so Flint’s water was toxic. But the billing was timely and accurate. And the toxins arrived in people’s homes under adequate water pressure. Now that’s good service. Did that Orwellian moment spring from your former employer’s mind?

      Interesting that none of the so-called ‘liberal’ media in Asheville, or the whole State for that matter, thought that was worth reporting.

      So anyway, as always, thanks for the encouragement. Your mocking lets me know I’m on the right track.

      • Yeah, that’s the one. You should be a lawyer or something. Your little website is so persuasive. It almost makes me want to suspend reality and the law and let Asheville keep our water system and all the money it has syphoned so far. Let me think about it. K?

        • bsummers

          Again, you’ve produced no evidence that Asheville has “syphoned” any money it has not been authorized by law to operate it’s water system. But you keep saying that it has, so that makes it true, right?

          Do I need to remind you that Chuck McGrady himself asked you to stop spreading that “very bad information”?


        • You can keep trotting out that audio clip all you want. It won’t help you. Representative McGrady did your tribe a solid by playing The Good Cop. You should thank him someday. Maybe after the audit. Or perhaps you’d like to wait until the charges are brought.

          Funny how you always lose sight of the topic.

          • bsummers

            Funny how you sling vitriol instead of providing simple evidence to back up your claims. Anyone watching might think you don’t have any because you’re not telling the truth.

          • bsummers

            My previous comment starting with “Funny” was meant to be a reply to Mr. Peck. Weird how things get screwed up when the moderators have to remove comments from pottymouths.

          • Little do they know what we know. Ay Barry? Evidence is for the courts, dear boy, not your protected playgrounds.

          • bsummers

            Evidence is for the courts

            Good point. That’s why Supreme Court Justices gave the attorney for the State, Faison Hicks, several opportunities to point to any evidence of “discrimination” or “misgovernance” since the passage of the Sullivan Acts. He whiffed, every time. If there was any evidence, that’s when it would have appeared.

            As to your continual gripe about the “protected playgrounds”, you well know that when you cross the line into vulgar insults (which you tend to do whenever you are exposed for not telling the truth), they put you on time out.

          • Tim Peck

            That’s not the court you and your corrupt city friends need to be paying attention to, ole boy. We have that one well in hand. Maybe I’ll see you at the other one too. Be sure to put on your best potato sack and get ready for your own little time out.

  2. bsummers

    As for the perennial “syphoning” accusation, let’s not forget that for many years, Buncombe County was also “syphoning” money out of water revenues, in the same proportion that the City of Asheville was. In fact, there was no “syphoning”, per se. Syphoning implies thievery. This was part of the “Water Agreement” deal made between City and County. Buncombe County agreed to this.

    “In 1989 and again in 1996 the Water Agreement was amended. The 1989 amendment made permanent the 5% of gross water revenues allocated to the city and also allocated 2 ½% of such revenues to the county for economic development.”
    Water Woes; By: John S. Stevens, 2005

    That allocation formula continued for 20 years. Millions of dollars ratepayers paid into the water system found their way into Buncombe County coffers. The last five years of that “syphoning”, Nathan Ramsey was Chairman of the County Commission. Will he be “charged” along with City officials, Mr. Peck?

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