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New Asheville councilman’s residency called into question
Monday, 06 March 2017 12:23

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Councilman Keith Young has come under fire for his recent purchase of a home outside of the city limits for which the mortgage documents require that he make it his primary residence.

Since members of council must, by city and state rules, live -— and be an eligible voter — within the city, Young’s mortgage agreement raises questions about his eligibility to serve on the elected body.

Regarding the purchase, Young has told reporters that he is not moving out of the city. What’s more, he said that he is doing improvements on the one-story house  in Arden. The councilman said he might rent it.

On July 29, Young bought a house at 7 Sommerset Drive in Arden in southern Buncombe County.

No one has challenged Young’s voter qualifications. However, an anonymous complaint was sent to the Buncombe Board of Elections, then to City Attorney Robin Currin and finally to council members.

Young,  when he ran for his first four-year term in 2015, listed his residence as 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. That house is owned by his parents, William Jr. and Mary.



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