(Asheville Citizen-Times) The filing period hasn’t even opened yet and it already looks highly likely incumbents will find themsevles in a minority on the next Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. And the system for electing commissioners taking effect this year also means there is a good chance the board — currently all Democrats — will have representatives from both major political parties.
Republicans can be encouraged by the fact that one of the three districts created last year by the GOP-controlled General Assembly has shown significant Republican tendencies in recent elections. And K. Ray Bailey’s announcement last week that he would not seek re-election removes a formidable Democratic candidate from the field in a district that past results suggest could go Democrat or Republican.
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