Seen at a candidates forum held Sept. 24, David Gantt, center, and J.B. Howard, right, are campaigning to become the next chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press

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Candidates for the chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will face off during Election Day in November. The two — David Gantt, a Democrat and current commission chair, and J.B. Howard, a Republican — debated the county’s economy, role in providing economic incentives, education, small business and more during a Sept. 24 forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Asheville and Buncombe County.

View the debate in its entirety below. Read the story here.

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