Asheville City Council general election guide

Six candidates of the original 15 remain after the Oct. 6 primary election: Brian Haynes, Marc Hunt, Rich Lee, Julie Mayfield, Lindsey Simerly and Keith Young. Of those six, only three will be elected to Asheville City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — and, based off of the primary’s close numbers, it’ll likely be a fight to the finish.

Lindsey Simerly

Lindsey Simerly Website: Employment: Manager, WE DO campaign, Campaign for Southern Equality Party affiliation: Democrat Previous candidacy: Ran for Asheville City Council in 2007 NEW! Notable endorsements: Sierra Club, AFL-CIO WNC Central Labor Council, N.C. Police Benevolent Association, Equality NC, Commissioner Brownie Newman, Commissioner Holly Jones, Commissioner Ellen Frost, Sheriff Van Duncan, District Attorney […]

Brian Haynes

Brian Haynes Website: Employment: Showroom assistant manager at Habitat for Humanity Party affiliation: Registered unaffiliated, votes in Democratic primaries NEW! Notable endorsements: All Souls Pizza, The Amp Shop, Appalachian Realty, Asheville Face Painting, Beauty Parade, Blue Dream Curry House, Bon Vivant, The Burger Bar, The Cork & Keg, The Double Crown, Echo Mountain Recording, Empire […]

Marc Hunt

Marc Hunt Website: Employment: Retired from Open Space Institute Party affiliation: Democrat Previous candidacy: Council member since 2011, vice mayor since 2013 NEW! Notable endorsements: Mayor Esther Manheimer, former Mayor Terry Bellamy, Council member Jan Davis, Council member Gwen Wisler, Council member Gordon Smith, Council member Chris Pelly, state Sen. Terry Van Duyn, Commissioner […]

Julie Mayfield

Julie Mayfield Website: Employment: Co-director of MountainTrue Party affiliation: Democrat NEW! Notable endorsements: Sierra Club, Equality NC, state Sen. Terry Van Duyn, state Rep. Susan Fisher, state Rep. John Ager, Council member Chris Pelly, Council member Gordon Smith, Commissioner Brownie Newman, school board member Cindy McMahon, Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, Adam Charnack of […]

Keith Young

Keith Young Website: Employment: Deputy clerk of Superior Court Party affiliation: Democrat Previous candidacy: Ran for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners in 2012, 2014 NEW! Notable endorsements: Council member Cecil Bothwell, Friends of St. Lawrence Green, People Advocating Real Change, AFL-CIO, personal endorsement from the president of local NAACP Carmen-Ramos Kennedy. NEW! Campaign contributions: […]

Rich Lee

Rich Lee Website: Employment: Financial adviser at Edward Jones Party affiliation: Democrat NEW! Notable endorsements: State representative Susan Fisher, former mayor Ken Michalove, architect Michael McDonough, business owners Tim Schaller (Wedge Brewery), Lynn Foster (Buffalo Nickel), Tonico Vanalli, Chiquie Estrada (Casa Bambini), Franzi Charen (Hip Replacements), Jenna Yarosh, Cathy Cleary, Mike Moore, Rebecca Hecht, Rosetta […]