Buncombe County Commissioner Miranda DeBruhl announced today on Twitter and Facebook her choice to run for chair of the Board in 2016.
“Walking in the Board of Elections to file for chair of Buncombe County,” DeBruhl wrote on social media.
This means that DeBruhl will likely face off against Commissioner Brownie Newman, who was elected vice chair of the Board earlier this week and announced his intent to run for chair earlier this year.
Newman, a democrat, has served on the county board since 2012 and previously served on Asheville City Council, while DeBruhl was elected to the commission in 2014 and has no previous experience in elected office. Since earning her spot on the commission, however, DeBruhl has made her opinion heard, often against the grain of her democrat colleagues, for a number of different issues. DeBruhl is one of three republicans, the minority vote, on the Board.
While DeBruhl announced that she had filed for the election earlier today, Newman has yet to make his candidacy official — or at least he hadn’t filed as of 4:48 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, the timestamp from the most recent list of candidates available.
In August, Newman wrote on Facebook: “Two weeks ago our County Commission Chairman David Gantt announced he would not seek re-election next year. David is serving his fifth term on the commission and has done a great job. I want to let my friends and community know that I plan to run for county commission chair in 2016.
“I truly enjoy serving on the commission and have found it to be a place where we can make a difference,” Newman continued. “During the time I have served, we have made major new investments to rebuild our public schools. We are creating a Family Justice Center to confront domestic violence.”
DeBruhl has not yet publicly announced any other details about her candidacy.
The primary election takes place on Tuesday, March 15, followed by the general, as usual, in November. The vice chair position, which Newman was just elected to in a 4-3 vote, is picked every December by the Board — at or around the same time the new commissioners and/or chair are sworn in.