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2017 Asheville Primary Election Calendar

Sept. 15 : Voter registration deadline

Sept. 21-Oct. 7 : Early voting & same-day registration

Oct. 3 : Last day to request absentee ballot

TUESDAY, OCT. 10 : PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
(polls open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

2017 Asheville Races

Mayor

City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville Mayor
Vote for 1 candidate in this race

Jonathan Austin Glover

Background:
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Click to see question responses from Jonathan Austin Glover

What qualifications or approaches to city government make you the best candidate for this position?

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How should the city measure progress on its Vision 2036 goals using “a racial equity lens to review and achieve our City’s strategic goals in health, education, housing and economic mobility?”

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How important is affordable housing to Asheville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

No response from candidate

What is your vision for Asheville’s transit system in 10 years and what immediate steps should be taken to achieve your vision?

No response from candidate

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government; how would you address it?

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Do you support or oppose the referendum to have six single-member districts for electing council members?

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Esther Manheimer

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Background:
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Elected to service on Asheville City Council, 2009-2013; Vice-Mayor, 2011-13; Mayor; 2013 to present. JD and MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill; BA from CU-Boulder.  Partner with the Van Winkle Law Firm.  Mother, three sons, with spouse Mark Harris, public school teacher.

Click to see question responses from Esther Manheimer

What qualifications or approaches to city government make you the best candidate for this position?

Strategic, inclusive leadership on City Council since 2009. Successfully defended our water system from Raleigh’s takeover attempt. I’ve learned to apply my experience in diplomacy/negotiation to the position of mayor; finding ways to partner with others to achieve more.

How should the city measure progress on its Vision 2036 goals using “a racial equity lens to review and achieve our City’s strategic goals in health, education, housing and economic mobility?”

Equity Manager hiring was our strategic leap toward delivering and measuring equity in: service delivery, contracting, employment, capital investment. Also, more affordable housing (leveraging additional $25 million bond funds); and via management of growth and economic development to increase livability in keeping with our community’s vision for quality jobs, quality education, safe neighborhoods, vibrant downtown.

How important is affordable housing to Asheville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

It is key to maintaining our identity and increasing equity. Our current stock is woefully inadequate. Voters passed $25 million in bond funding, in addition to current AHTF program. I support: increase in AHTF allocation, land banking, community land trust, down payment assistance program, re-purposing of city-owned land for affordable housing, and partnership with HACA.

What is your vision for Asheville’s transit system in 10 years and what immediate steps should be taken to achieve your vision?

Efficient, frequent, reliable service. I'll advocate for more improvements through a dedicated revenue stream, which is a concept I support and already have on the agenda for Council. I have consistently supported aggressively funding transit improvements including extended hours, and Saturday and Sunday service. This year, I supported a new management contract to address deficiencies.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government; how would you address it?

Our public housing neighborhoods, the products of redlining and urban renewal, are isolated, under-served environments that foster generational poverty. Many residents must focus on surviving rather than thriving. The city and county committed funds to work in partnership with HACA and residents to redevelop the oldest such neighborhood. Additional responsive, compassionate, effective action is necessary. 

Do you support or oppose the referendum to have six single-member districts for electing council members?

I oppose the State’s mandate requiring Asheville draw districts. I support the community voting to decide whether it wants districts.

Martin Ramsey

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

Lifelong North Carolinian, father, activist, worker.

 

Click to see question responses from Martin Ramsey

What qualifications or approaches to city government make you the best candidate for this position?

As a socialist, it is a responsibility to use public power to improve the conditions of people’s lives. I support cooperative economic development, deepening the democratic structures of the city, and question the view of “running government as a business.”

How should the city measure progress on its Vision 2036 goals using “a racial equity lens to review and achieve our City’s strategic goals in health, education, housing and economic mobility?”

The State of Black Asheville report lays out in cold statistics the struggles of the black community with education, housing, policing and other topics. For the Vision 2036 strategy to be anything other than paper, we need to act to turn these devastating trends around with urgency. Marginalized communities cannot wait twenty years.

How important is affordable housing to Asheville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Housing for the half of the city renting has become increasingly precarious and I propose a rental eviction crisis fund. Asheville needs to vigorously support a community land trust and explore options for curbing speculation. I oppose the expansion of short term rentals into residential neighborhoods.

What is your vision for Asheville’s transit system in 10 years and what immediate steps should be taken to achieve your vision?

Timely, frequent, environmentally friendly, fare free public transit is the goal, with competent management and a mutually beneficial relationship with the transit union. Transit fees are a very small part of the overall transit budget and I hope to make it a service free at the point of delivery sooner rather than later.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government; how would you address it?

The city attorney advised against siding with Charlotte and fighting HB2 and has opposed open government requests. We need a new city attorney.

Do you support or oppose the referendum to have six single-member districts for electing council members?

Support the referendum, oppose districts. I want to see Asheville vote down this meddling from Raleigh in our self-government.

Jonathan Wainscott

Background:
(submitted by candidate)

Community and political activist. Resident of Asheville for 19 years.

 

 

Click to see question responses from Jonathan Wainscott

What qualifications or approaches to city government make you the best candidate for this position?

I will perform the duties of Mayor by directing City Staff and overseeing the performance of Staff with the highest degree of transparency to the public. I will consider the job of being Mayor as my primary, full-time occupation, not a part-time gig.

How should the city measure progress on its Vision 2036 goals using “a racial equity lens to review and achieve our City’s strategic goals in health, education, housing and economic mobility?”

The Vision 2036 “plan” is an insulting piece of civic marketing that is replete with falsehoods. Claims that Asheville has “abundant housing choices for people at all economic levels,” “Asheville continues to be a leader in innovative technologies,” and we use “revenue wisely in order to maintain and improve the City's infrastructure” are lies.

How important is affordable housing to Asheville’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

We simply can’t address affordable housing on the supply side of the equation. We spend over $16M a year promoting Asheville as a premium place to visit and retire and that creates a demand for space so high that housing prices are set according to demand. We are actively driving up housing costs. This must stop.

What is your vision for Asheville’s transit system in 10 years and what immediate steps should be taken to achieve your vision?

We have to make our neighborhoods walkable enough to access bus stops in the first place. All bus stops need to have covered seating and the expense of all that we won’t be able to afford expanded service times and routes. Our mass transit will always operate in massive deficit.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government; how would you address it?

Asheville is arguably the most liberal city in NC yet has the academic achievement gap between minority students and white students than any other city in the historically racist state of North Carolina. The solution can’t be outlined in the 22 words remaining after the 33 words needed to define the problem.

Do you support or oppose the referendum to have six single-member districts for electing council members?

Support. I want voting districts – North, South, East, West, Central, and Public Housing to insure true representation of all citizens.

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