The Buncombe County GOP is selecting a familiar face to fill a vacant District 3 seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Republican leadership unanimously voted to tap former Representative Tim Moffitt for the vacancy left when Miranda DeBruhl suddenly resigned last month. Moffitt beat out six other candidates during a special meeting on Thursday, June 2. Moffitt is slated to be sworn-in at the commissioners’ next meeting on Tuesday, June 7.
However, County GOP Chair Nathan West says leadership still has two key questions to answer: Who will be on the ballot for District 3 in November? And who will run for Chair of the County Board? The seat Moffitt will occupy must be elected to a two-year term in November; West says Moffitt has not yet indicated he wants to campaign for the post.
West says Republican leadership hopes to have District 3 and Chair candidates by the end of the month. According to state law they have until Sept. 8 to select names for those races, and West says they will be deliberate. “We’re going to sit down again with all the candidates we met with yesterday and really figure out the best course of action. We’re not going to rush a decision, but we do want to make it as soon as possible,” he said, adding “We have some good possibilities for the future.”
In the meantime, West says they wanted someone familiar with political protocol to be on the Board of Commissioners. “It was important to have someone that can hit the ground running, and Moffitt is very capable of going in there and immediately understanding procedures and how the meetings run, as well as understanding budgets and things of that nature. That’s very important given that we are looking at the budget right now.”
“We look forward to what Moffitt will do in working with county commissioners and the board, and we look forward to November,” added West.
Buncombe County Democrats are set to meet on Saturday, June 18, to select a candidate for November’s District 3 race.
Xpress has reached out to Moffitt for an interview and will update the article accordingly.