Libertarian William Meredith (middle) and incumbent Democrat Sen. Terry Van Duyn (right) discussed local and state issues during a candidates forum moderated by Michael Gebelein (left), of Carolina Public Press. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, candidates for Buncombe County Commissioner District 2, State House District 115 and State Senate District 49 met at Owen High School to discuss their platforms on issues ranging from development and body cams to education and H.B. 2.

The forum, moderated by Michael Gebelein with Carolina Public Press, was presented by the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County, Democracy NC, Children First/Communities in Schools. Cosponsors include the American Association of University Women, YWCA of Asheville, Warren Wilson College, Carolina Jews for Justice, Spirit In Action, Western NC Community Health Centers and The Council on Aging in Buncombe County.

Below is the full video from the forum. To find additional forums in your community, go here.


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Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at

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