Who will govern Buncombe County’s 665.99 square miles and 222,174-and-growing population for the next four years? Six Republicans and eight Democrats are contending for four seats on the five-member Board of Commissioners in the May 6 primary. (The chairmanship is not at issue in the primary, because only Democrat David Gantt has filed to run […]
Don Yelton Don Yelton Political party: Republican Residence: Jupiter Road, Weaverville Occupation: Instructor, consultant Education: B.A. biology/psychology, UNCA; M.S. biology, East Tennessee State University; M.S. environmental systems engineering, Clemson University. Political experience: Served on Buncombe County committee evaluating composting; worked with Taxpayers for Accountability, Citizens for Change and other groups. Have attended most county commissioner […]
Cecil Bothwell Cecil Bothwell Political party: Democrat Residence: Asheville Occupation: Writer/editor/publisher Education: Attended Emory University, University of New Hampshire, Prescott College Political experience: WNC manager, Cynthia Brown for U.S. Senate; wrote petition against Grove Park high-rise (2002) which led to founding of Asheville People Advocating Real Conservancy; created Rolling Thunder/Asheville; SpareChange?/SOS-Bring them home! (2003) organizer; […]
Late on a Friday afternoon, Ellen Frost is in Montford, knocking on doors. A woman comes out of one house, and Frost begins telling her about early voting for the May 6 Democratic primary—where to do it, when it ends, and the fact that you can register that same day. They chat briefly, and Frost […]
Citing a campaign “robo” call being made to black neighborhoods in North Carolina, Democracy North Carolina, a nonpartisan election-reform organization, is advertising a toll-free hotline for voter-intimidation complaints.
Forty-nine prominent John Edwards supporters in North Carolina have just added their names to the Barack Obama endorsement list in advance of the state’s May 6 Primary.
With the May 6 primary election on the horizon—and a large turnout of voters anticipated—unregistered residents may still get themselves on the rolls and vote during One-Stop Early Voting (through May 3). Handicapped voters may use curbside Early Voting at Buncombe County Election Services, 189 College St. Or for a mail-in, absentee ballot, contact Rachel […]
When the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners sold a small piece of land to developer Stewart Coleman‘s Black Dog Realty back in November 2006, the transaction attracted little notice. Originally packaged with a slew of other items on the consent agenda, it was pulled, briefly discussed—and then unanimously approved. By any means: Candidate Cecil Bothwell […]
This time two years ago, Democrat Heath Shuler was the upstart political neophyte hoping to unseat long-time incumbent Republican Charles Taylor for the 11th Congressional District seat. Swept into office on a wave of national support for Democrats, Shuler now is the one with a target squarely on his back. Despite an occasional and marked […]
• April 16: Fairview Democrats hold a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. for Democratic candidates for Buncombe Board of Commissioners: David Gantt, chair; K. Ray Bailey, Cecil Bothwell, Vernon Dover, Holly Jones, Keith Thompson, and incumbents Carol Peterson and Bill Stanley. A forum on issues follows at 7 p.m.; Fairview Community Center. • April 17-May 3: […]
Large turnouts expected in North Carolina for early voting dates and May 6 primary
N.C. primary voter-registration deadline looms — but there’s another way into the voting booth.
North Carolina’s gubernatorial candidates are providing a weekly essay series on statewide issues in The Charlotte Observer, beginning with the topic of transportation.
• April 9: Voter registration will be available at the Reid Center, 133 Livingston St. in Asheville, from 6 to 9 p.m., coordinated by the League of Women Voters. For directions, call 350-2048. • April 11: Free fish fry for Keith Thomson, Buncombe Board Commissioners candidate at Lake Julian Park, 75 Long Shoals Road, from […]
• April 3: Reception for John Carroll, Ron McKee, Joe Dunn and Mike Fryar, candidates for the Buncombe Board of Commissioners, at the home of John and Vicky Wynn, 18 Stuyvesant Crescent, Biltmore Forest, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. For further information call Vicky Wynn at 277-0217. • April 7 and […]
Presidential politics comes to Western North Carolina at an open house at the new Obama office this Wednesday, plus other area events.
• March 26: Fred Smith for Governor Rallies—Buncombe County, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Asheville Ballroom and Dance Centre, 991-B Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville; Henderson County, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bo Thomas Auditorium of Blue Ridge Community College (180 West Campus Drive) in Flat Rock. Everyone will be admitted, but a […]
Local, state and federal campaigns are underway in earnest since candidacy filing closed on Feb. 29. To keep Xpress readers informed of community campaign activities, our Campaign Calendar will begin in this space on March 19 and run weekly until the May 6 primary. We’d like to hear from any and all candidates/campaigners regarding events […]
All eyes may be on the presidential race this election year, but it’s the race for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners that has brought local personalities into the spotlight.
The three Republicans fighting for their party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Congressman Heath Shuler this November kick off the debate season tonight in downtown Asheville.
The opening of the filing period for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners race is still nearly a week away, but already the horses are jostling the gate. And for good reason: This year, all four commissioners’ seats are open, along with the chairman’s seat. And while we can’t be sure exactly who will opt […]