Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will visit Asheville on Friday, Sept. 19, in support of Sen. Barack Obama.
Republican congressional candidate Carl Mumpower will finally get to go toe to toe in public with incumbent Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler, though the event is not exactly what Mumpower envisioned when he began challenging Shuler unsuccessfully to debate him several weeks ago. Mumpower is calling for at least eight debates between the two candidates. Instead […]
Thursday, Sept. 18: Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum, featuring candidates for chairmanship of the Buncombe Board of Commissioners, plus candidates for county commission and state legislative positions. Candidates will address their top-priority issues, and there will be Q&A time available. For more information, contact Jeff Joyce at 258-6122. The forum takes place at […]
A note on North Carolina’s youth vote: About one-fourth of the state’s citizens ages 18 to 25 are still not registered to vote, according to a recent report by the nonprofit campaign-reform group Democracy North Carolina. And although Bob Hall, the group’s executive director, stresses that 90,000 more young people are registered now than in […]
Editor’s note: News reporting inevitably involves many judgment calls. Typically, the quest for balanced reporting would call for including comments by Carl Mumpower’s critics as well as his friends and supporters. But those critics have been vocal and their concerns widely reported, both in this paper and elsewhere. Rather than repeating them here, we have […]
The first step towards voting in this year’s general election on Nov. 4 is to make sure you are registered to vote—and registered correctly. The state’s registration deadline is 25 days before the election date (Oct. 10). If you are registering as a Buncombe County resident for the first time, or if you need to […]
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair Nathan Ramsey and Vice Chair David Gantt, who’s challenging Ramsey for the chairman’s seat, kept the tone mostly civil during an Aug. 27 lunchtime forum, but the two exchanged barbs about each other’s records on the Parkside controversy, zoning and taxes. The contenders: Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair […]
Buncombe County Commissioner Chair Nathan Ramsey and his challenger for the spot, Vice Chair David Gantt, kept the tone mostly civil in a forum earlier today, but also exchanged barbs about each other’s records on the Parkside controversy, zoning and taxes.
After two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the Buncombe County Republican Party’s Executive Committee on Aug. 18 chose auto dealer Mike Fryar, who placed last by a narrow margin in the May 6 Republican primary, to replace Joe Dunn in the Board of Commissioners’ race. A release from the party touted Fryar’s role in the bipartisan “Let […]
Local campaigning for the November elections is heating up, so Campaign Calendar will appear regularly from now until Xpress’ last edition before Nov. 4. We will spotlight campaign events that are open to the public, and we invite all candidates to send their campaign news for inclusion here. Please give us a brief description of […]
While Democratic Congressman Heath Shuler persistently pestered former eight-term Congressman Charles Taylor to debate him two years ago to no avail (two planned debates between the candidates fell through over details), his opponent this time around, Republican Carl Mumpower, claims the freshman incumbent has conveniently lost his desire to go mano a mano in public. […]
After two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the Buncombe County Republican Party’s Executive Committee last night chose auto dealer Mike Fryar, who placed last by a narrow margin in the May 6 primary, to replace Joe Dunn in the Board of Commissioners’ race.
When election day comes around this November, a referendum to elect Buncombe County Commissioners by district will not be on the ballot. A motion by Chair Nathan Ramsey to put such a measure (and expand the board from five to seven members) failed yesterday evening, when no other commissioner would second it.
Former Asheville City Council member Joe Dunn, who finished with the most votes in May’s Republican primary for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, announced on July 24 that he is withdrawing from the race. Family first: Former City Council member Joe Dunn has bowed out of the county commissioners race, citing his need to […]
With former Asheville City Council member Joe Dunn dropping out of the race for a county commissioner’s seat, the Buncombe County Republican Party has put out an open call for a replacement candidate.
The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor of North Carolina presented themselves and their platforms to a roomful of reporters and editors from around the state on July 18 during the N.C. Press Association’s summer convention. Afterward the two answered questions, touching on various issues. Pat McCrory: The Charlotte mayor said that state government is […]
Slipping in almost under the radar, a second primary in the Democratic race for N.C. commissioner of labor takes place tomorrow (Tuesday, June 24) and is open to all Democrats and to any unaffiliated voters who chose a Democratic ballot in the first primary.
Results for statewide primary contests Designated winners appear in bold type. The first percentage number listed for each candidate is based on the unofficial statewide vote totals available from the N.C. State Board of Elections on May 8; the second figure (in parentheses) is the Buncombe County percentage. PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE Democratic primary results: • Barack […]
It’s all over but the yard signs—those leftover bits of red, white and blue that still speckle the landscape in the wake of North Carolina’s May 6 primary. After crisscrossing the state, tailed by the national media and closely scrutinized by hometown crowds, the presidential candidates and their entourages have moved on. And though the […]
The federal corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford continued this week with the prosecution bringing out an array of confessed illegal-gambling operators, who testified that they’d bribed Medford or his deputies—including former reserve Capt. Guy Penland, who’s also on trial—in return for protection and favors. Scene of a crime?: The parking lot […]