Updated 12:47 p.m.
With Brownie Newman winning Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, the remaining two years of his District 1 term will need to be appointed. Kathy Sinclair, chair of the Buncombe County Democrats, tells Xpress the party’s executive committee will elect someone for the post. Sinclair said, via email: “A meeting will be called of the members of the Buncombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee who reside in District 1, and they will elect a replacement to complete the remaining two years of his term. No date has been set.”
A new county commissioner orientation is set for Tuesday, Nov. 15, but new commissioners won’t take office until Dec. 5.
Updated 7:57 a.m.
District 2 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Democratic candidate Nancy Nehls Nelson says, via facebook, she isn’t ready to concede to race to Republican incumbent Mike Fryar. Their contest was decided by 307 votes. Nehls Nelson says, “With only 307 votes separating me from my opponent, my race is eligible for a recount by state law. We also will wait until all absentee ballots and provisional ballots have been counted before there is any thought of conceding.”
Updated 6:20 a.m.
Congressional District 10
Republican Patrick McHenry (I) beat Democratic challenger Andy Millard.
Congressional District 11
Republican Mark Meadows (I) beat Democratic challenger Rick Bryson.
NC Senate District 48
Republican Chuck Edwards (appointed to finish Sen. Tom Apodaca‘s term) beat Democratic challenger Norm Bossert.
NC Senate District 49
Democrat Terry Van Duyn (I) defeated Libertarian challenger William Beau Meredith.
NC House District 115
Democrat John Ager (I) held off Republican Frank Moretz and will return to Raleigh for a second term.
Chair, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
Democrat Brownie Newman defeated Republican Chuck Archerd for the right to replace outgoing chair David Gantt.
District 2, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
Republican Mike Fryar (I) outlasted Democratic challenger Nancy Nehls Nelson by 307 votes to return for a second term.
District 3, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
Republican Joe Belcher (I) beat out Democratic challenger Ed Hay.
District 3 (short-term), Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
Political newcomer Republican Robert Pressley scored a victory over Democratic challenger David King to finish the two-year term caused by the resignation of Miranda DeBruhl.
Register of Deeds
Democrat Drew Reisinger (I) will return to his post after defeating Republican challenger Pat Cothran.
At-large, Buncombe County Board of Education
Donna Pate won the at-large seat, scoring a victory over two challengers.
Owen District, Buncombe County Board of Education
Margaret Buchanan won the Owen District seat by beating out three challengers.
Roberson District, Buncombe County Board of Education
Amy Churchill will return to her Roberson District seat after holding off challenger Laura Bowen.
City of Asheville bond referendums
All three bond referendums were approved by voters.
Town of Woodfin bond referendum
Voters in the Town of Woodfin approved a parks and recreation bond.
Updated 11:07 p.m.
Frank Moretz, unsuccessful Republican candidate for N.C. House 115:
“[This campaign] was an interesting experience. It was a lot of hard work. I’m very proud of what I’ve done and whether I win or lose, I consider it a success.
“[The primary issues in this campaign are]: medical care, Medicaid reform, mental health reform and narcotic addiction reform. There’s only one other doctor in the N.C. legislature.
“[If I don’t prevail], I go back to a great retirement. It’s a win-win situation … I’ll take it a day at a time, then we will see. I’m keeping my options open. … I was unaffiliated until June a year ago.
“I ran against one of oldest, wealthiest, most politically powerful families in WNC. I’m proud of what I’ve done.” — V. Daffron
Updated 10:58 p.m.
Mike Fryar, Republican incumbent, re-elected to Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for District 2:
(Vote will be subject to recount due to less than 1 percent margin of victory over Democratic opponent Nancy Nehls Nelson per North Carolina law.)
“I am very humbled to be standing here. This was a tough race and I knew it was going to be tough. But with all the support of everyone in here, I’m here. I am humbled. It’s a very close race, only 300 votes. About as close as you can get. It’s amazing to look around this room at the people who support me. They were after me pretty hard. Right now we’re okay. 300 votes—I can’t say it’s a mandate. I’m very proud to be your Commissioner.”
Robert Pressley, Republican Commissioner-elect, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for District 2:
“You don’t know how proud I am. Nathan West can tell you, I kept saying Tim Moffitt is the most qualified person for the job. They said, we need you, you can’t quit. They have been guiding me, Joe [Belcher] has been holding on to me and helping me out. And if it wasn’t for Mike Fryar — he’s the one that got me started a couple of years ago.
“I’m a conservative, [I] spent the least amount of money on this campaign. But if you could have seen what I’ve done behind the scenes: going from house to house to shake the hands, the old-fashioned way. I’m going to try to be the best Commissioner that I can be and I will listen to the people.”
Joe Belcher, Republican incumbent, re-elected to Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for District 3:
“I’m feeling very good, we’ve been working all day. We just got in. My whole family is here with me. We came from the polls to come here.
“Lot of new voters out there, spoke to some folks who are in their seventies voting for the first time.
“When I’m out working the polls, it’s simply putting our message before them. Some are interested in receiving something. We are just there to have a presence, to encourage everybody throughout the day.
“We tried to have an enjoyable day, and we have.
“I am not a negative guy, I’m a positive guy. When I walked in the room, Mike Fryar was 2,700 votes down. I said, they threw everything they had at you in early voting.
“It’s an honor to return for another term.” — V. Daffron
Updated 10:51 p.m.
From Nathan West, Buncombe County GOP Chairman:
“We had to do some serious maneuvering to have to replace some candidates in Buncombe County. And it really caused us some significant heartburn to say the least. It really was a situation where we could have lost everything, we could have lost the county. These three gentlemen: two of them will continue to be Buncombe County Commissioners and welcome your new Commissioner Robert Pressley.
“The Democrats were willing to spend millions on statehouse races in this area. We were not able to remove Ager (North Carolina House 115), which means that Buncombe County has zero effective legislators in Raleigh. Since Republicans will maintain control of the N.C. General Assembly, Buncombe County will be isolated. But there are some things we can do. We will use our relationships.” — V. Daffron
Updated 10:44 p.m.
From Congressman Mark Meadows, Republican, 11th district
“[My wife and I] are trying to make the rounds, instead of holding our own event. We are really just trying to reach out and express appreciation to all the volunteers and people who invest in our success every day. We’re going out to Haywood, then Yancey County; if it’s a late night we may even make it to McDowell County after that.
“During this campaign, we tried to focus more on the people than on me or my opponent. I don’t think I’ve mentioned my opponent’s name this entire time. I find if you keep the focus on the people that you serve regardless of party affiliation, that’s when things go the best.
“Key issues tonight:
- Military and our veterans. We have yet to fix the problems of serving our veterans in the way they should be served.
- What are we going to do with healthcare? It’s not affordable, and whether you like the affordable care act or you don’t, I can tell you that it is troubling to me to see the premiums rise as much as they have. Most people only have one carrier to pick from, especially here in WNC
- Job security. Having a low unemployment rate is good for Western North Carolina and bodes well. Making sure people can count on those jobs is another critical component.
“Regardless of [tonight’s] outcome, we still serve and live in the greatest nation on the face of the globe. I’ve been able to be with school teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, those who serve at MANNA Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. They have in common a love for their fellow man and they want to serve others, and we want to take a good note from that and focus on that.” — V. Daffron
Updated 10:39 p.m.
It’s Election Day and a number of federal, state and local seats are up for grabs. Xpress will update this page with election results, reactions from candidates, pictures and more. Xpress‘ coverage will focus on the Buncombe County races featured in our voter guide.