Candidates for Asheville Mayor

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(Left to right) Esther Manheimer, John Miall and Martin Ramsey are candidates to be Asheville's next mayor.
(Left to right) Esther Manheimer, John Miall and Martin Ramsey are candidates to be Asheville’s next mayor.

Press release from the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County:

The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County will conduct an Asheville mayoral candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Board Room located at 36 Montford Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors of the forum include the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain Xpress, and the Asheville FM News Hour.

Esther Manheimer, John Miall and Martin Ramsey, the three candidates for the non-partisan Asheville mayoral primary election to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, have all confirmed attendance.

WCQS News Director David Hurand will moderate the forum, which will include a set of pre-determined questions as well as audience questions submitted on cards. The forum will be simulcast by the Asheville FM News Hour on The League of Women Voters anticipates hearing from the candidates on a wide range of issues from public transportation to local government transparency.

“The League of Women Voters is committed to providing voter education opportunities whenever possible,” said local League President Karen Oelschlaeger. “We always encourage strong voter participation and want to help voters feel confident and knowledgeable when they enter the polls. Attending candidate forums is one of the best ways to make an informed decision on Election Day.”

Attendees not only will have the opportunity to hear and interact with candidates, but will also be able to meet with League members who will be on hand to register voters and share important voter service information.

The League will also host an Asheville City Council candidate forum on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the UNCA Reuter Center.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and never supports or opposes candidates or political parties.

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