In preparation for the March primary, Xpress sent questions to all candidates in contested races for their party’s nomination to various local and national offices. Responses from candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, N.C. General Assembly, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and Asheville City Council are all collected here.
Candidates in the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s U.S. House of Representatives District 11 seat give their answers for the Mountain Xpress voter guide.
Candidates for Asheville City Council share their responses to the Mountain Xpress voter questionnaire in advance of the March 3 primary.
A total of 19 candidates are currently in the running for Rep. Mark Meadows’ 11th Congressional District seat, including 12 Republicans, five Democrats and one candidate each from the Green and Libertarian parties. But even beyond that contentious federal race, the 2020 election season promises plenty of action for Western North Carolina.
“We would very well-served with him continuing on because as our county grows, we can be confident we have someone who is practiced, accomplished and has our back and best interests at heart.”
“I believe that, like Todd, Quentin has the experience, integrity and vision we need.”
“Both of these men have shown a commitment to all our great people. Both have shown they are not afraid to speak up and bring much-needed change to our criminal justice system.”
“Todd Williams considers the circumstances of each crime, rather than reflexively pushing for the harshest possible punishment. He supports a new program that will keep nonviolent, first-time offenders out of jail with the offer of a chance to get their life back on track.”
“Having lived here for his entire adult life — 30-plus years — and working all over the 16 counties taking down barns and farmhouses to make the lumber into furniture and wood panels for new homes, Mr. Price gets us because he is definitely one of us.”
“Three good men have applied. But one stands out because of his background, experience and ability to attract the Democratic, unaffiliated, conservative and moderate votes needed to get the job done: Steve Woodsmall.”
“I’ve known Quentin for over 20 years and know him to be a man of integrity, intelligence, open-mindedness, compassion and quality.”
“But what I learned is a disappointing reality that, not only do we have to evaluate candidates on their opinions about the issues we care about, we have to evaluate their honesty.”
“Amanda has abundant experience and professional experience advocating for education. Amanda will be an informed leader in education who will direct the commission to offer meaningful support to our schools.”