At its Oct. 25 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to terminate Occupy Asheville’s encampment under the Lexington Avenue bridge by Oct. 28, while waiving fees the protesters had incurred. A request by protesters to get a curfew waiver to camp in public parks failed when only one Council member supported it.
I was thrilled to read that Carl Mumpower intends to endorse a liberal slate of candidates in the 2012 state and federal elections [“Mountain ‘X’ Should Change Its Name to Mountain ‘L,’” Oct. 12 Xpress]. Of course he's right. There are far too few liberals in almost every area of elected representation throughout the U.S., […]
Carl Mumpower seems to be upset that democracy in action in Asheville has resulted in a progressive/liberal majority on City Council [“Mountain ‘X’ Should Change Its Name to Mountain ‘L,’” Oct. 12 Xpress]. In his letter, he says, "time will find Asheville losing its luster under the watch of a panel of progressive eyes constricted […]
Marc Hunt is running for City Council and I plan to vote for him. I'm hoping that the folks of Asheville will vote for someone and prove the primary to have been an oddity in its poor voter turn out. Off-election year or not, it's on in Asheville. Let's go, folks; do a little research […]
Marc Hunt garnered the most votes for Asheville City Council in the Oct. 11 election and should do so again in November because he is so qualified. I came to know and admire Marc when I served as a fellow member of the Asheville Greenway Commission from 2000 to 2008. As chairman of the Commission, […]
He’s emerged as a leader in the Oct. 11 primary for City Council; now I encourage Asheville citizens to continue to support Marc Hunt for City Council on election day. I support him because I’ve seen the way he initiates positive changes in our city. Two winters ago, Marc invited four community members for a […]
For live dispatches from tonight’s Asheville City Council meeting, follow @DavidForbes or the hashtag #avlgov — or click through for our live feed. You’ll also find notes about tonight’s agenda.
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Follow live Twitter coverage of tonight’s Asheville City Council candidate forum, held at the YWCA and focusing on making the city more inclusive, here.
Would-be voters looking to make a decision about which three of the six Asheville City Council candidates to vote for have plenty of opportunities to find out more about the candidates. This week sees not only the start of early voting, but three forums — one already past and two approaching.
Live Twitter coverage of the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters’ forum for the six candidates vying for three open spots on Asheville City Council.
Asheville City Council members and staff are looking to clarify the city’s goal of building a trolley system, in light of a proposal to build a shuttle service.
In this edition of the Mountain Xpress’ local news podcast, reporters Jake Frankel and David Forbes examine the results of the primary race for Asheville City Council.
In this edition of the Mountain Xpress’ local news podcast, reporter David Forbes discusses the most recent Asheville City Council meeting, which covered the Occupy Asheville protest, a development in the Montford neighborhood and the rejection of bid by Ponderwell for the Community Media Development Initiative.
Yesterday, Oct. 11, Asheville City Council unanimously voted to not authorize a community media contract with web development company Ponderwell. Xpress had also entered a proposal for the grant and was a finalist in the assessment made by a panel of city, county and business representatives. This post features video of Council’s deliberations on the measure.
At its meeting tonight, Asheville City Council directed city staff to find a temporary location for the Occupy Asheville demonstrators to camp in, with Council to consider approval. Council also unanimously rejected awarding a community-media contract to Web development company Ponderwell.
Click through to the full blog, or follow #avlgov or @DavidForbes on Twitter for live dispatches from the Oct. 11 Asheville City Council meeting.
If history teaches us anything, it’s that homogenous groups inevitably self-destruct. That reality applies to the success of Asheville’s liberal majority in championing a conforming City Council — a triumph likely to be repeated in the upcoming election. So much for a feigned interest in diversity. Power has always been the left’s more authentic mission. […]
a href=“http://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/Election/CandidateInfo.aspx#y2011” Hunt leads pre-election fundraising among Council candidates The latest campaign-funding reports show that two candidates have raised more than $20,000 as of Oct. 4. Marc Hunt led the field with $22,946, but Mark Cates was close behind at $20,011. Some candidates had more than doubled their war chests since the last report in […]
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 […]