Vance Monument on June 19, 2020

Commission split in vote to remove Confederat­e monuments

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners remained divided along partisan lines. Chair Brownie Newman and his three Democratic colleagues voted for the removal of Confederate monuments at Pack Square Park and the county courthouse, as well as establishing a task force on the Vance Monument, while Republicans Joe Belcher, Anthony Penland and Robert Pressley voted against those moves.

Quentin Miller discussing ICE

Buncombe board debates ICE detainer bill

Republican members of the board argued that their Democratic colleagues were out of place in issuing official letters against pending state HB 370, which would require Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller and other sheriffs throughout North Carolina to comply with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests on penalty of removal from office.

Candidate for Buncombe County Board of Commission­ers District 1, 2018 general election voter guide

Al Whitesides  Incumbent, Democrat, unopposed Website : None / I’m on Facebook Occupation: Retired Banker, commissioner Previous Candidacy or Offices Held : None Key Endorsements : None Amount of Money Raised: None Top Three Donors: None Why are you running for re-election? I’m running for re-election because I want to finish what we’ve started in […]