Several smaller municipalities in Buncombe County will hold elections on Nov. 7 along with the city of Asheville. Xpress takes a look at the races in Black Mountain and Weaverville to find out what’s on the candidates’ minds as the election draws near and how they plan to serve their constituents.
The three candidates for mayor of Asheville put forth their views on race, sustainability and affordability at a forum hosted by the Student Government Association and the Political Science Club at UNC Asheville on Sept. 18.
“The positions that Cecil takes are based on his determination to be a voice for residents and our quality of life.”
“If elected, he would advocate for greater involvement of neighborhood representatives in the City Council’s planning and decision-making.”
Nick Moen and his fellow potters are hoping to spark conversation across party lines.
“These bonds will provide funding to build new homes and apartments all around the city that families can afford, as well as the infrastructure to connect neighborhoods to schools, work, grocery stores and parks — all at minimum risk for city residents.”
‘After extensive research and opportunities to meet the candidates, I‘ve selected Nancy Nehls Nelson as my candidate for Buncombe County District 2 commissioner for various reasons. ‘
The 10th and 11th congressional districts have primaries on Tuesday, June 7. Mountain Xpress’ 2016 congressional primary election guide has questions and answers with all six candidates, along with other voting resources.
Early voting began May 26 for a special primary for candidates in the 10th and 11th congressional districts and for North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice. Early voting will run through June 4, with polling places closed over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30.
“She has a strong background in working with underserved communities, and we believe this needs to be strengthened with the commissioners.”
“Jasmine has incredible vision — she sees possibility and solutions where others see intractable problems.”
“Isaac was one of the founders of Just Economics, has been a long-time board member of Clean Water Action for North Carolina and was instrumental in starting Read to Succeed.”
“Most important, Jasmine has a greatness of vision and an ability to bring people together to get things done.”
‘Gordon is focused on important issues such as affordable housing, living wages and increased accountability from the Tourism Development Authority.”
“I don’t know anyone who cares more about the future of our beautiful corner of the world and the people who live here and make it what it is. “
“Standing for living wages, bus service on weekends, more flexible housing standards that can include small and “tiny” houses, he leads us toward decent living for all.”
“You may not always agree with Carl [Mumpower], but I know that he is a man who thinks things through and stands for what he believes is right instead of just saying what people want to hear.”
“I support Brian Haynes for Council member because he is the only candidate whose message is: ‘Slow down” and think.'”
“Lindsey gets it, and she’s proven she can get it done. Asheville needs Lindsey Simerly.”
“[Julie Mayfield] is a valuable member of the city’s Multimodal Transportation Commission, where she has taken the lead on important issues, including improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.”