Asheville City Building. Archive photo by Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

Carolina Public Press and 103.3 Asheville FM will host on Oct. 13 a debate featuring the five contenders for three Asheville City Council seats. The forum, which starts at 12 noon, will be broadcast on Asheville FM and available at carolinapublicpress.org. Frank Taylor, managing editor at Carolina Public Press and KP Whaley, general manager of Asheville FM, will co-moderate. JMPROTV will provide Spanish translation of the debate, which will be hosted via Zoom. Sign up to receive the login information.

“Asheville is our home. I founded Carolina Public Press in 2011 originally to focus on the issues, topics and challenges faced by Western North Carolina. And, while we’ve expanded in public service to all of North Carolina, we are still very connected to our roots and the concerns of a growing Asheville,” said Carolina Public Press Founder and Executive Director Angie Newsome. “The City Council’s responsibility to Asheville’s fiscal health and the community’s goals are of major interest to our readers. We’re delighted to partner with Asheville FM on this important event.”

“As a community resource we feel it’s very important to provide listeners with information on news and information that most impact their lives. I can’t think of anything more impactful than local elections. We are proud to partner with Carolina Public Press, which exemplifies nonprofit local news, to provide you with this forum,” said KP Whaley, Asheville FM General Manager.

Meet the candidates

Narrowed after the March primaries to a six-person field, the general race to elect three Council members on Tuesday, Nov. 3 is now a five-way contest (activist Nicole Townsend dropped out of the race in August) between Southside real estate business owner Sandra Kilgore; Multimodel Transportation Commission Chair and financial adviser Rich Lee of Haw Creek; transit and housing activist Kim Roney of East West Asheville; French Broad Food Co-op project manager Sage Turner; and Council incumbent Keith Young. The candidates are expected to discuss topics ranging from infrastructure, economic development and climate justice, to affordable housing, equity and inclusion and government accountability.

About 103.3 Asheville FM Community Radio

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