*UPDATE* With recount complete, Davis edges out Gray by 35 votes in City Council race-attachment0

*UPDATE* With recount complete, Davis edges out Gray by 35 votes in City Council race

UPDATE: A recount of the votes completed and certified by the Buncombe County Board of Elections this afternoon, Nov. 18, didn’t significantly change the results of the election. Incumbent Jan Davis retained his third place finish – and his seat on Asheville City Council – by a total of 35 votes over challenger Lael Gray.

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Letters to the editor: U.S. Cellular edition

Xpress received a large volume of letters about the proposed agreement between the city of Asheville and U.S. Cellular. Announced on Nov. 10, the deal would grant naming rights to the Chicago-based company in exchange for an investment of “up to $1.3 million over eight years.” The deal is subject to Council approval, scheduled for the Nov. 22 meeting. Dozens of readers responded with a similar argument — the negotiations were too covert; corporate sponsorship clashes with Asheville’s distinct character; the bidding process for such a deal should be open — but many of the perspectives are unique. Two readers applaud the potential deal. In the following special post, Xpress compiled the letters on the proposed agreement. (Image provided by U.S. Cellular.)

Election night comes to blows *updated*

Council member Gordon Smith was hit in the head by Lael Gray’s campaign manager, David Roat, at an election-night party, according to reports. Here, Smith describes the fracas. “I went to Lael’s party, I was giving her a hug and I got hit in the back of the head,” Smith says. “I went into a crouch, there were a few more blows, he was pulled off of me, and it was over.” (Photo by Bill Rhodes.)

Election Day: Hunt, Pelly win Council seats; Davis, Gray likely headed for recount; sales tax passes-attachment0

Election Day: Hunt, Pelly win Council seats; Davis, Gray likely headed for recount; sales tax passes

With all city precincts reporting, Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly have won seats on Asheville City Council. Incumbent Jan Davis has come in a mere 40 votes ahead of Lael Gray, meaning the race is likely headed for a recount. With all precincts reporting, the A-B Tech sales tax referendum has passed. (Photos by Bill Rhodes)

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Flier fight: Candidates differ on mailer

A flier funded by local businessman Chris Peterson and bearing a mocking, photoshopped picture of Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell, encouraging voters to back Council member Jan Davis and candidate Mark Cates has led to a condemnation by an advocacy group and public criticism. Davis has released a statement asserting he is unhappy with his inclusion in the flier, noting, “I do not believe in trickery and dirty campaigning.” Cates, meanwhile, has released a statement saying he understands’ Peterson’s view.

Gray is a leader and a listener

I am writing to support the candidacy of Lael Gray for City Council. I have known Lael as we were both serving on the Board of Building Bridges. I have seen her creativity, energy and commitment to making Asheville a more welcoming and pleasant town. She has shown her ability to collaborate with others in […]

I’m going Gray

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to vote for a candidate as refreshing and inspiring as Lael Gray. This July, I kept waiting for a candidate I could wholeheartedly support to come along. While I have closely monitored local political races for years, Lael is the only Asheville City Council candidate who has […]

Lael Gray is the best

I am Lael Gray's 10-year-old daughter and she is running for City Council. She is an advocate for the environment, she wants less cars on the road so there will be less pollution in the air, leaving crisp, healthy Asheville air. She believes in equality for women, African-Americans and the LGBT community. She participates in […]

Assent! Occupy Asheville demonstrators filled the Asheville City Council chambers and protested on the steps of City Hall on Oct. 25, requesting space to camp as they continue public protests in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here they show their approval of a comment by waving their hands. photos by Bill Rhodes

Fully occupied

Asheville City Council Oct. 25, 2011 meeting Protesters’ usage fees waived City, MSD form joint task force on water system Occupy Asheville protesters packed the Council chamber and an overflow room during Asheville City Council's Oct. 25 meeting, picking up where they’d left off two weeks before. In the interim, some 30 to 50 protesters […]

With Lael Gray, I get what I want

I want everything! I deserve everything I want! And I want a candidate who can give me that. With Lael Gray on City Council, I get that. With Lael, I get someone who has held high positions in corporate America, someone who has been a small-business owner and someone who has worked in nonprofit management. […]

Jan Davis

Jan Davis Slogan: “Balanced leadership for a balanced community.” Profession: Owner, Jan Davis Tire Store Lives in: North Asheville Funds: $9,875 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: Esther Manheimer, Brownie Newman, Asheville Fire Fighters Association Website: www.jandavisforcounCandidate survey: http://avl.mx/67 cil.com Twitter: Not on Twitter Interview: http://avl.mx/6h The lowdown: Seeking a third term on Council, Jan […]

Marc Hunt

Marc Hunt Slogan: “Together we can be our best.” Profession: Land-conservation officer, Open Space Institute Lives in: North Asheville Funds: $22,946 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: Gordon Smith, Brownie Newman, Esther Manheimer, Cecil Bothwell, Sierra Club, PARC Website: www.huntforcouncil.com Twitter: @hunt_marc Candidate survey: http://avl.mx/6j Interview: http://avl.mx/6c The lowdown: Political newcomer Marc Hunt is off […]