A top Republican official and head of Black Mountain’s liquor board is running for mayor.
Buncombe County GOP Second Vice Chairman Larry Harris filed with county election services this month for the Nov. 5 election.
Harris, who is also chairman of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, said if elected he would help ease tension with the General Assembly, which has passed laws weakening municipalities since a 2010 Republican takeover of the legislature.
“Certainly it will be beneficial to have a mayor who knows and can connect with elected leadership in Raleigh,” Harris said.
In April, Harris said he had no plans to run, but long-time Mayor Carl Bartlett’s decision to step aside spurred him to file, he said.
Harris ran unsuccessfully in 2011 for board of aldermen.