Election night comes to blows *updated*

Council member Gordon Smith was hit in the head by Lael Gray’s campaign manager, David Roat, at an election-night party, according to reports. Here, Smith describes the fracas. “I went to Lael’s party, I was giving her a hug and I got hit in the back of the head,” Smith says. “I went into a crouch, there were a few more blows, he was pulled off of me, and it was over.” (Photo by Bill Rhodes.)

Election Day: Hunt, Pelly win Council seats; Davis, Gray likely headed for recount; sales tax passes

With all city precincts reporting, Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly have won seats on Asheville City Council. Incumbent Jan Davis has come in a mere 40 votes ahead of Lael Gray, meaning the race is likely headed for a recount. With all precincts reporting, the A-B Tech sales tax referendum has passed. (Photos by Bill Rhodes)

School or scandal?

Amid continuing tough economic conditions, A-B Tech is asking Buncombe County residents for help. On Nov. 8, voters will weigh in on a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements that officials say are needed to serve a rapidly growing enrollment at the community college. The proposed hike amounts to 2.5 cents on a $10 […]

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?

And then there were nine

After a slow start, this year’s Asheville City Council race is heating up, with nine contenders vying for three seats. With the mid-July filing deadline looming, a number of candidates jumped into the race, including longtime activists, political newbies and bloggers. In the end, incumbents Jan Davis and Bill Russell opted to seek another term, […]