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Local Matters: Asheville City Council and Occupy Asheville, Ponderwell and Montford

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.

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Video of City Council’s deliberati­ons over community-media contract

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.

Mountain “X” should change its name to Mountain “L”

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. […]

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The Beat

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 […]

Lael Gray rocks

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 […]

Your vote is your voice

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 […]

Vote for Marc Hunt — I already did

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 […]

Chris Pelly has got what we need

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, […]

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The Asheville City Council candidate interviews (and election thread)

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?