Lifelong Buncombe County resident, and former NASCAR driver, Robert Pressley will run for a seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The District Three seat will have a two-year term and became available when Miranda DeBruhl suddenly stepped down from the Board in May.
In the interim Tim Moffitt, a former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, has been appointed to the seat.
Nathan West, chair of the Buncombe County GOP, says he’s excited to have Pressley on November’s ballot. “He’s done a lot of good in the community over the years. We look forward to having him on board. He’s a very intelligent person.”
Pressley has not previously been an elected official, but West says he has served on NASCAR boards and is familiar with meeting procedures. “He has the best interest of Buncombe County in mind. He said he doesn’t want to do what’s right for one group of people, he wants to do what’s right for the entire county.”
Pressley also owns Celebrity’s Hotdogs on Brevard Road.
West says Pressley was unanimously approved by GOP leadership and no other candidates were considered.
Pressley will face David King in the November election. The Buncombe County GOP still needs to select a candidate to run for Chair of the Board, another opportunity left by DeBruhl’s departure, and they have until 75 days before the election to make a decision.