I have known Lael Gray since 2007. As a friend and colleague, I find Lael intelligent, experienced and honest in her approach to issues that she encounters. I respect her integrity. At one of Lael's fundraiser events I also learned that she has achieved some amazing things in the Asheville community through hard work and […]
Eight candidates are vying for the chance to be in the top six for the Nov. 8 election. **Polls are open until 7:30 p.m.** For live dispatches via Twitter, click through to the post or follow #avlelect. photo by Jonathan Welch
The Occupy Asheville demonstrators are requesting an exemption from city rules to allow them to camp in Pack Square. Meanwhile, Asheville City Council members and city staff are discussing possible ways forward, and the legal ramifications, via email.
Early voting declined slightly from the last Asheville City Council primary, according to figures from the Buncombe County Board of Elections. This year, 1,171 citizens cast their ballots early. In the last primary, in 2009, 1,229 people voted early.
The progressive advocacy group, People Advocating for Real Conservancy, unleashed the first video salvo of this year’s Asheville City Council race, attacking candidate Mark Cates for his connections to the Asheville Tea Party.
In this edition of the Mountain Xpress’ local news podcast, reporters David Forbes and Jake Frankel discuss Buncombe County Commission meeting and next week’s City Council primary.
The latest campaign funding reports came in this week, showing Asheville City Council candidates in the midst of heated fundraising leading into the primary election.
If you normally do not vote, what would challenge you to go to the polls? Would it be a particular candidate whom you agree with? Maybe the upcoming elections are predicted to be a close race, or there is a hot-button issue that you are passionate about. Dig deep. Think about what galvanizes you. Realize […]
I’ve never voted before in my life. I’ve never really even paid that much attention to politics or felt excited about anyone running for office — until now. I met Mark Cates a couple of weeks ago while hanging out with friends at Wedge Brewing Co. After meeting him, I asked why he was running. […]
I am pleased to have voted early in the primaries for Marc Hunt as my choice for City Council. I have had the chance to meet with Marc this summer and I was impressed with his vision and experience as a community leader in public and nonprofit service. Marc’s commitment to improving the health of […]
Being a graduate student in the Master of Public Affairs program through Western Carolina University has provided me with numerous opportunities to expose myself to the political and public arenas in western North Carolina. I’d have to also give Marc Hunt, a candidate for Asheville City Council, credit for not only expanding my knowledge about […]
What great good news to hear that Chris Pelly is running for City Council. I've known Chris a long time and always been impressed with his ability to pull together a diverse coalition of people toward a common end. We need that more than ever now with all the challenges Asheville faces. We need jobs, […]
Over the past week, Xpress has released interviews with the eight candidates vying for three open seats on Asheville City Council. Here are all the interviews, for citizens looking to make their choices for which candidates they’ll support in the primary. Early voting is going on now thru Oct. 8, and Election Day is Oct. 11. Who are you voting for, Ashevilleans?
In the latest installment of our ongoing series of interviews with Asheville City Council candidates, Caitlin Byrd talks to TJ Thomasson about issues ranging from affordable housing to LGBT rights.
In the latest installment of our ongoing series of interviews with Asheville City Council candidates, Jake Frankel talks to Tim Peck about issues ranging from government outsourcing and affordable housing to changes at the police department. (Audio from the interview included).
You hear much about “Asheville, the bastion of the progressive,” as in “making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, i.e., a progressive community. “Making,” “employing” and “advocating” are all about action taken to achieve progress. The question then is, where’s all this “action”? Few even voted in the last […]
An experienced neighborhood advocate like Chris in City Council can ensure that our neighborhoods needs and concerns are heard! When residents and homeowners have to react to each issue in their neighborhood — inappropriate development, wrong residual zoning, digital billboards, stalled developments with issues of storm runoffs, no sidewalks, etc. — we expect that our […]