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With early voting beginning on Thursday, the time for Buncombe County voters to decide from a slate candidates for the Board of Commissioners, Board of Education and N.C. House of Representatives — not to mention statewide and national races — is nearing.

Tonight, the League of Women Voters for Asheville and Buncombe County will hold the last of a series of forums, this time giving voters in District 3 for the Board of Commissioners a chance to meet and ask questions of four district candidates vying for two seats. The forum will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Skyland Volunteer Fire Department, 9 Miller Road, where Long Shoals meets Hendersonville Road.

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Voters may choose two of four candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commissioner in the District 3 race. They are Joe Belcher, a Republican; David King, a Republican; Terry Van Duyn, a Democrat; and Michelle Wood, a Democrat.

Organizers had previously announced there would be a debate between N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt, an incumbent and Republican, and challenger Jan Whilden, a Democrat. Both are campaigning to represent District 116, the Buncombe County district that includes parts of Candler, Enka, Leicester and South Asheville, which are the same district boundaries as District 3 for the Board of Commissioners.

But late last week, the League said Moffitt has since said he could not attend the forum, citing a commitment in Raleigh. League policy does not permit an “empty chair” debate with Whilden only, said Karen Oelschlaeger, League president.

Carolina Public Press joins Mountain Xpress, The Urban News, News Radio 570 WWNC and 880 The Revolution as a series co-sponsor. The forums have and will be moderated by Jerri Jameson, news director for Clear Channel Asheville.

Click to view full-size image. Map courtesy of the Buncombe County Board of Elections.

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