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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:09

Wide-open race for district attorney in 2014

District Attorney Mike Bonfoey publicly announced plans to retire next year when his current term of office expires. Bonfoey has been the lead prosecutor for the seven western counties for 10 years, directing a team of 10 assistant district attorneys.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Welch, a Republican from Macon County, announced this week she will be running for district attorney next year. 
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:32

Jackson sheriff’s race shapes up

With campaign season barely off the ground, the Jackson County sheriff’s race has already drawn a hefty list of candidates — and of issues.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:47

Hipps brings work ethic to race

When Jane Hipps began toying with the idea of running for state Senate as a Democratic challenger, a wave of excitement crept through party circles.
Ron Robinson thinks a state senator should represent all of his constituents. 
The North Carolina Senate seat for the seven western counties could be one of the few swing races in the General Assembly this year as Democrats vie to make a dent in Republican dominance in Raleigh.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:04

County races: Haywood

Haywood County Haywood Commissioners  What’s up for election? Three out of five seats on the county board.  About the race: The current Haywood commissioners have enjoyed a stable tenure, consistently winning their seats when they come up for reelection. They…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:08

County races: Jackson

Jackson County  Jackson Sheriff  About the race:  This promises to be one of the most hotly contested elections in the region this year. Current Sheriff Jimmy Ashe will step down and that has thrown the floodgates wide open for contenders…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:08

County races: Macon

Macon County Macon Commissioners What’s up for election: One seat in the Highlands district and two seats in the Franklin district. About the race: There are three commissioner seats up for election in Macon County: one seat for the district…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:08

County races: Swain

Swain County Swain Commissioners What’s up for election? All five seats on the county board are up for election, including four commissioner seats and commissioner chairman. Both Republican commissioner candidates here automatically advance. About the race: As usual, there’s a…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:01

Statewide races

U.S. Congress About the race: This used to be a toss-up district, but clever redrawing of voting boundaries by the Republican-led legislature in Raleigh two years ago tipped the scales to the right. The liberal stronghold of Asheville was carved…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:48

2014 election filing season opens

The 2014 election season officially got underway this week. Candidates could begin signing up to run for office on Monday. The candidate sign-up period runs for two weeks, closing on Feb. 28.
A fifth attorney has added his name to the list of possible nominees for an open District Court judge position in the seven western counties.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:18

Snap shot of US House race in WNC

About the race: This used to be a toss-up district, but clever redrawing of voting boundaries by the Republican-led legislature in Raleigh two years ago tipped the scales to the right. The liberal stronghold of Asheville was carved out and…
A trio of Republican candidates have lined up to challenge N.C. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, for his District 119 House seat. One is barely old enough to drink, one campaigned for Barry Goldwater and one features Second Amendment-chest thumping…
North Carolina’s District 50 senator represents the state’s seven western counties. In 2010, Sen. Jim Davis (R-Franklin) narrowly wrested the seat from incumbent John Snow but then beat Snow by a much-wider margin in 2012. 
Meet the candidates, pick one Three seats are up for grabs on the Macon County Board of Commissioners this year, but only one has a primary contest: two Republicans vying for one seat in the Highlands district. Any Republican or…
N.C. House of Representatives, seat 118 Is this my state rep? Yes, if you live in Madison and Yancey counties and part of Haywood — namely Canton, Clyde, Bethel, Cruso, Maggie Valley, Jonathan Creek and Crabtree areas. Is there a…
Three of the five seats on the Haywood County board of commissioners are up for election this year. A field of five Democratic candidates — the three incumbents and two challengers —  will be narrowed down to three in the…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:28

Jackson sheriff's race: meet the candidates

The May 6 primary will narrow down the contenders for the Jackson County sheriff. The field of six Democrats and three Republicans will be whittled down to one candidate per party for the November ballot.   Glen Biller, D, 50…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Parsing out a position in party primaries

Next week is decision time for voters who disagree with the new conservative tack of North Carolina’s policy makers and want to reverse the emergent Republican majority now at the state’s helm.
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:59

District Attorney race: No rest for the weary

Few put as much thought into their to-go morning coffee as Jim Moore. Most of us grab whatever’s on the way, whatever’s cheapest, or whatever brew we like the best.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:54

2014 District Attorney election primer

Do I vote in this race? Yes, if you live anywhere in the seven western counties.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:56

Election 2014: Legislative races, a primer

N.C. House of Representatives, seat 118 Is this my state rep? Yes, if you live in Madison and Yancey counties and part of Haywood — namely Canton, Clyde, Bethel, Cruso, Maggie Valley, Jonathan Creek and Crabtree areas.
About the race: This used to be a toss-up district, but clever redrawing of voting boundaries by the Republican-led legislature in Raleigh two years ago tipped the scales to the right. The liberal stronghold of Asheville was carved out and…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:31

Swain Commissioner snapshot

Commissioner Democratic candidates • David Monteith is the longest serving county commissioner with 16 years on the board. Retired Ingle’s market manager and a school bus driver. • Steve Moon has served for 8 years and is on the board…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:32

Macon Commissioner snapshot

Highlands district, one seat Republican  • Jim Tate is seeking reelection because he wants to “ensure that Macon County will continue to be a great place to live and call home through low taxes, great schools, safe communities and efficient…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:32

Macon Commissioner snapshot

Highlands district, one seat Republican  • Jim Tate is seeking reelection because he wants to “ensure that Macon County will continue to be a great place to live and call home through low taxes, great schools, safe communities and efficient…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:34

Jackson commissioner snapshots

Jackson commissioner chairman • Jack Debnam, the current commissioner chairman and a Realtor. As an unaffiliated candidate, he belongs to neither party.  • Brian McMahan, a Democrat, previously served as commissioner chairman but lost to Debnam in 2010. The 39-year-old…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:36

Haywood commissioner snapshots

Democrats • Kirk Kirkpatrick, a lawyer, has been on the board since 2002 and has been a supporter of recreation. • Michael Sorrells has been a commissioner for four years and previously served six years on the school board. He…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:40

Jackson sheriff snapshots

Chip Hall, D, 46 Qualifications: Chief deputy at Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Twenty-five years at Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in a variety of positions.   Reason to run: “I want to reach out to be active in everything that goes…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:41

Tipping the scales

The past four years have been the first in recent memory that Democrats haven’t held a majority on the Jackson County board. But likewise, Republicans haven’t had the majority either — a point Chairman Jack Debnam is quick to point…