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2017 Council primary guide — Adrian Vassallo

Name: Adrian Vassallo Profession: CPA, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: For 12 years I’ve been working throughout our community, I want to bring my experience and skillset…

2017 Council primary guide — Andrew Fletcher

Name: Andrew Fletcher Profession: Musician (jazz piano), Tour Guide (LaZoom) In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Independent In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I believe our politicians should live like the people they represent, which means we need…

2017 Council primary guide — Sheneika Smith

Name: Sheneika Smith Profession: [candidate did not reply] In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: [candidate did not reply] In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: [candidate did not reply] 1. Of the current top city officials that answer directly…

2017 Council primary guide — Cecil Bothwell

Name: Cecil Bothwell Profession: Publisher/Artist/Carpenter In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Progressive Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I’m an environmentalist and have successfully advanced green issues, advanced Civil Liberties, improved transit and helped increase housing affordability…

2017 mayoral primary guide — Martin Ramsey

Name: Martin Ramsey Profession: Service industry worker In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: independent/socialist In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I’m running for office because working people make Asheville run and we need working people in Asheville’s government. I pledge to…

2017 Council primary guide — Gwen Wisler

Name: Gwen Wisler Profession: Vice Mayor of Asheville, Owner of Asheville Profits LLC, a consulting firm that asks clients to pay for services by donating time to a local non-profit In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe…

2017 mayoral primary guide — Esther Manheimer

Name: Esther Manheimer Profession: [candidate did not reply] In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: [candidate did not reply] In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: [candidate did not reply] General questions These questions are about problems, challenges or topics facing city government and…

Through the woods

A thicket of complicated issues, from the Airbnb spectre to a bus system overhaul to the “fake repeal” of HB2, hit City Hall during an unusual summer Above: a portion of the city’s new zoning maps for the River Arts District This summer’s not been…

Incident at Vance

A quick turnout prevents a possible bigoted rally in the middle of downtown. A glimpse at a community response, rumors, debates, citations and the challenges of judging the scope of the racist threat in today’s Asheville It started with a flier, more precisely, with an…

Referendum time

City leaders place a referendum on district elections on the ballot — but they don’t want it to pass. Behind the state’s gerrymandering push, the latest item on the November ballots and the looming legal fight Above: Proposed Asheville City Council districts under last year’s failed…

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