ASHEVILLE - At their March monthly social, the Buncombe County Young Republicans will host all declared--and some still considering--Republican candidates for Buncombe County elected office.
Candidates will include J.B. Howard, candidate for Chair of the County Commission; Mike Fryar and Christina Kelly Merrill, candidates for the 2nd County Commission District; David King, Linda Southard and Chuck Archerd, candidates for the 3rd County Commission District; and Pat Cothran, candidate for Register of Deeds. North Asheville resident and frequent civil servant Glenda Weinert is considering filing as well and will attend.
Unlike typical candidate forums, Young Republicans will introduce their new vetting process; the “Buncombe County Ringer.” The Buncombe County Ringer is a three-question quiz session which will involve questions about local beer, local history and local politics. The ‘ringer’ will be somewhat of a cross between Jeopardy and NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!’s “Not My Job.” Candidates earning two or more correct answers will receive a conservative prize like an autographed constitution and those with two or more incorrect answers will receive progressive parting gifts like podcasts of Local Edge Radio.
The social will take place on Thursday, March 1, at Magnolia’s restaurant in downtown Asheville and will begin at 7 p.m. All Buncombe County Republicans are welcomed to attend.
No Republicans have filed for the 1st County Commission District or RSVP’d for the social. Bob Knapp, candidate for the 3rd District, is unable to attend.
Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40 who live in Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood and Madison counties are eligible for club membership.