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4 Republicans team up in quest to end one-party rule of Asheville
Thursday, 20 January 2022 19:11
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Two of the four Republicans — who are planning to run as a bloc in May’s election for four contested seats on Asheville City Council — made a major step in their campaigns by appearing and speaking Jan. 14 at an East Asheville neighborhood meeting.

The two making an official appearance were Dr. Clifford O. Feingold, a retired dentist who is running for mayor; and Alexander Cobb, a Realtor who is both openly gay and a Republican, and who is running for a council seat. Their pictures taken by the Daily Planet at the forum appear to the left.

The other two Republicans seeking council seats — for which the newspaper was unable to reach for interviews or to obtain pictures from before this edition’s print deadline — are Doug Brown and Andy Ledford. 

Only Cobb has officially filed to run, as the process has been suspended by the court system for a while. Feingold said it is his understanding that filing should resume Feb. 24, when he immediately will file to run. He also said Brown and Ledford have vowed to file, too. 

While Asheville council seats are billed as being nonpartisan, all of the seats have been held by Democrats for more than a decade.

In a Jan. 16 telephone interview, Feingold confirmed to the Daily Planet that reports — that “‘the four’ are running ‘as a team’” — are correct. He added, “It’s three Republicans running for City Council — and me (also a Republican) running for mayor.”

Lake Lure makes list of ‘hottest’ U.S. real estate markets for 2022: WNC’s ‘hidden gem’ wins ranking in the top 10
Thursday, 20 January 2022 19:09

From Staff Reports

LAKE LURE —The mountain community of Lake Lure — touted by a local Realtor as a “hidden gem” — recently was named one of the top 10 real estate markets for 2022 in an article by the real estate website Redfin, Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported on Dec. 30.

“We’re seeing houses sell within days of being put on the market,” Lake Lure Mayor Carol Pritchett was quoted as saying by News 13. Pritchett herself moved to Lake Lure from Houston back in 2011. “It’s a slower pace environment, but you’re also close to places like Asheville, Hendersonville, Charlotte,” she told News 13.

The TV station added that “those are the same reasons real estate broker Shannon Walsh says others are moving to Lake Lure as well — location, location, location.

 “The location — I mean, you are so close to everything,” Walsh said in the interview.



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