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Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Unofficial Asheville City Election results below: (Winners in bold)

Asheville City Council

Candidate: Votes: Percent:

Esther Manheimer 6,567 19.24%

Gordon Smith 6,301 18.46%

Cecil Bothwell 5,899 17.28%

Robin Cape (Write-In) 4,620 13.53%

J. Neal Jackson 3,476 10.18%

Ryan D. Croft 2,525 7.4%

Asheville Mayor

Candidate Votes Percent

Terry M. Bellamy 9,543 78.75%

Robert W. Edwards 2,431 20.06%

Write-In 144 1.19%

Former County Chair David Young Named to NC Board of Governors

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

RALEIGH, NC – Two failed candidates in last year’s race for state treasurer, one Democrat and one Republican, were elected Wednesday by the state House to seats on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
State Democratic Party chairman David Young of Asheville, Republican Bill Daughtridge of Rocky Mount, and six others were elected to eight House appointments to the board that oversees the state’s 16 public universities. Three others were in the contest, including Willis Whichard of Chapel Hill, a former state Supreme Court judge and former dean of the Campbell University law school.

The Senate elected eight nominees last week.

Daughtridge was in the state House for six years before the Republican ran last year for treasurer, a race won by Democrat Janet Cowell. Young was an incumbent on the UNC board.

Also selected by the House were:

– Walter Davenport, a retired certified public accountant from Raleigh who is chairman of the board of trustees at Elizabeth City State University.

– James Deal Jr., a Boone attorney and member of the Appalachian State University board of trustees.

– Dudley Flood, a Raleigh educational consultant.

– Charles Mercer Jr., a Raleigh attorney and member of the UNC Board of Governors.

– Fred Mills Sr., a Raleigh construction company head.

– Dr. Irvin Roseman, a Wilmington dentist and member of the UNC Board of Governors.

Shuler Talking About Green Jobs for Western NC

Friday, March 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler is meeting with educational, business and environmental leaders to discuss the future of his mountain district.

Shuler will speak Friday in Asheville about green-collar jobs, developing a work force, growing the economy and combatting global climate change. The Democratic lawmaker will be joined by Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and other leaders from the region.

President Obama has said he wants to focus on building a green economy by retraining workers, and the $787 billion stimulus bill he signed last month includes tax incentives for clean energy, guarantees loans for companies that develop clean energy technologies and invests in research designed to reduce climate change.

Clinton Stumps in Asheville

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Former "First Lady" Hillary Clinton will be trying to cut Senator Barack Obama’s lead in North Carolina on Thursday by staging a speech at the Asheville Civic Center. On-stage with Hillary will be retired general Henry Shelton.

Doors will open for the speech at 6pm on April 24, 2008. She is trying to find some North Carolina support before the May 6th primary as Obama still has the lead in delegates, states won and popular vote. Obama also leads in North Carolina by more than 15 points.

Dennis Kucinich Speaks in Downtown Asheville

Monday, November 12th, 2007

More than 200 people at Malaprop’s in Downtown Asheville on Sunday evening heard from presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.

The Democratic Presidential Candidate from Ohio flew down to Asheville to attend the Ani DiFranco concert at the Asheville Civic Center and chose to speak at Malaprop’s after the concert.

Speaking about his current resolution to impeach Dick Cheney, Kucinich drew wild applause and chants when he took the microphone. He accuses the vice president of leading the United States into the war with Iraq and manipulating intelligence data about Iraq.