ASHEVILLE - A ruling by North Carolina judges to redraw the state's gerrymandered legislative lines likely will mean new districts for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, a move that could change the political makeup of the body responsible for spending hundreds of millions of local taxpayer dollars each year.
Maps approved Sept. 18 by the General Assembly shift some city of Asheville precincts elsewhere and move previously elected representatives to new districts. Barring court action, the maps will become law — and will reshape commissioner districts, unless lawmakers pass a local bill that would decouple them from state lines.
ASHEVILLE - Jasmine Beach-Ferrara will try for a second term on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
The Asheville Democrat announced Sept. 18 that she will run again in 2020, saying to Facebook followers that her time on the board has been "a tremendous honor."
"Our community deserves the very best of what local government can be and for the full resources of county government to be focused resolutely on solving problems and serving people," Beach-Ferrara said in a statement. "I've been and will continue to be a voice for reform, transparency and accountability in our county government."
One of two District 1 commissioners and the board's currently appointed vice-chair, Beach-Ferrara was first elected in 2016.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, opioid overdose deaths are down for the first time in five years.
Buncombe County leaders said the new numbers reflect that more people are seeking help, but they said the fight is far from over. Leaders said chances are you know someone.
“We are seeing that the considerable effort and resources that have been going into local response are starting to turn some of the numbers,” District 1 commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara said.