Asheville City Council
2020 Asheville City Council Candidates
Kim Roney is a piano teacher, service-industry worker, and community advocate who walks, bikes, and rides the bus here in Asheville. She was a founding member of 103.3 AshevilleFM, where she served as Station Manager and covered City Council meetings for the AFM News Hour; currently serves on Asheville’s Multi-Modal Transportation Commission and Transit Committee; and has attended City Council meetings for 5 years.
I am running for Asheville City Council to challenge systems, build coalition across neighborhoods, and propose community-based solutions in The Land of the Sky. We are at a crossroads, and we need a deep commitment to reconciliation and healing. As a Council Member, I will seek justice, inclusion, and equity, giving marginalized folks a seat at the table that they’ve never had.
My passion for Asheville stems from my deep connection to our community. I raised my family here and Asheville has been our home for twenty years. I started out as a young mother and volunteer, showing up for several causes, making friends and finding jobs along the way. I quickly learned that being of service to community makes me feel whole, happy, and gives me purpose. For work, I have chosen to spend my career helping non-profits, cooperatives, and independent businesses; I believe they are the backbone of our community, our economy and Asheville’s future.
Councilman Keith Young was elected to the Asheville City Council in 2015. He is a published author and native of Asheville, NC. Councilman Young is a 1998 graduate of Asheville High School where he was captain of his hometown football team. He also attended Virginia State University in 2002 (cum laude) where he received a bachelors in fine arts degree. Young currently serves as a Deputy Clerk of Superior Court for the 28th Judicial District.
Buncombe County Commissioners
2020 Buncombe County Candidates
County Commissioner candidate Terri Wells is a 9th generation Buncombe County farmer and community leader. Terri understands and values our rich heritage. That is one reason she serves on the Buncombe County Agricultural Advisory Board working with landowners on farm conservation, and why she also helped create the Farm Heritage Trail.
Terri also understands that change is inevitable–so we must plan to make the best of it. We need a broad vision for the future so that we can ensure that all of our people thrive, now and for generations to come. Terri understands that she does not have all the answers; however, she does have people’s trust and confidence that she will work collaboratively. Terri has a track record of listening and working with people to accomplish shared goals.
Parker grew up in Winston-Salem and moved to Buncombe County in 2007 after graduating from Appalachian State with a degree in Community Planning and Geography. He was lucky to be raised by Betsy Sloan, a single mom who taught him the importance of service and giving back. Parker and Maia, his wife, an elementary school teacher in Buncombe County, live in Candler with Lucy, a black Lab, and their one-year-old son, Austin.
In 2007, Parker took a job with Henderson County’s Planning Department working on a variety of planning, zoning and housing projects. While working full-time he went back to school to pursue his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Carolina University.
US House of Representatives
2020 US House of Representatives Candidates
Madison Cawthorn is an 8th generation resident of North Carolina’s 11th Congressional district. His ancestors have served Western North Carolina communities for over 200 years including in the Revolutionary War. Madison was homeschooled in Hendersonville and was nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy by Rep. Mark Meadows in 2014. However, Madison’s plans were derailed that year after he nearly died in a tragic automobile accident that left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Madison’s ordeal built his faith, made him a fighter, helped him appreciate every day, and inspired him to help everyone he encounters overcome whatever adversity they face in their daily lives. Today, Madison is a small businessman. He is the owner and CEO of a real estate investment company. Madison is also a motivational speaker. He challenges people across the nation to have faith, work hard, play by the rules and pursue the American dream. A constitutional conservative, Madison is committed to defending the values of faith, family and the freedom that have made America great. Madison attends Biltmore Church in Hendersonville. He enjoys hunting, cooking, travel, fitness, photography & videography, and studying history. He is engaged to be married to Cristina Bayardelle.
Lynda Bennett obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire receiving solid natural resource management curriculum in economics, forestry, plant sciences, and habitat management. For practical application of her ‘book learning’ she took a position with an apple and cherry orchard. She expanded the operation to include picking, packing and marketing unheard of varieties of apples we now know as ‘heirlooms’. An entrepreneur was born. Lynda Bennett’s business background includes thirty-three years in the real estate industry. Lynda and her husband Pat Bennett owned and operated a full service real estate company and vacation rental management company in Haywood County. Without question, Lynda’s background provides her with a solid foundation of real-life experience that will benefit western North Carolina’s District 11 in the challenging environment of Washington DC.
Moe Davis is a retired Air Force Colonel, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, Director of the Air Force Judiciary, law professor, judge, speaker, writer and national security expert who has appeared on news shows from NBC to CNN, CBS, Fox, MSNBC and NPR.
If that was all he accomplished, Davis would already have a career unmatched by most. But add to that the honors he received — including the prestigious Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Headquarters Air Force Judge Advocate of the Year award, among others.
Yet all of that is not what truly defines Davis.
It is the decisions made and the stands taken in the gut-check moments of his life that make Moe Davis the right candidate to represent North Carolina’s 11thDistrict in Congress.
Born and raised in Shelby, N.C., the son of a man 100 percent disabled by an accident while in the Army preparing to go to World War II, Davis admits he was hardly destined for an exemplary life. But he once spent a summer working at the Celanese fiber plant in Shelby, an experience that inspired him to commit to school work for the first time in his life.
2020 US Senate Candidates
Thom was born into a working-class family with his father and mother and five siblings. During his childhood, his family was frequently forced to relocate depending on where his parents could find work. After graduating from high school, Thom was unable to afford college, so he took a job as a warehouse records clerk earning minimum wage. He knows firsthand how difficult it is to raise a family while attending school at night, struggling to make ends meet.
Cal Cunningham is an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, business leader, and former legislator who served as Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission. He is running to serve as North Carolina’s next United States Senator. Raised in Lexington, Cal is a lifelong North Carolinian who grew up learning the value of public service and hard work. After earning his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cal returned to Lexington with his wife Elizabeth to raise a family.