MILLS RIVER TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM HELD TUESDAY NIGHT

THE ELECTION IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY    

Henderson County’s municipal elections are now less than a month away, with the early “one-stop” voting starting on Thursday the 19th at the Board of Elections on Central Street...and with Election Day coming up on November 7th at all usual polling places in the county.

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(Pictured:  candidates Freeman, Davis, and Meadows---photo by Don Ward)  A candidate’s forum was held Tuesday night at the Mills River Community Center, sponsored by the community association, for all candidates running for Town Council  in the Town of Mills River.

Participating in Tuesday night’s forum were Jim Hunphrey and Chae Trantham Davis, candidates for Mills River Town Council District 3; Incumbent Billy Johnston and challenger Richmond Meadows, candidates for Town Council District 2; and incumbent Mayor Larry Freeman and challenger Brian Caskey, candidatefor Town Council District 1.

The two “at large” Council seats, currently held by Wayne Carland and Roger Snyder, are not up for re-election this year.

A large number of interested citizens turned out for the forum Tuesday night, as the candidates took turns answering pre-submitted questions. Questions involved the proposed 15-mile bike lane along Highway 280 from Westfelft Park into Pisgah Forest; the qualifications and backgrounds of each candidate; and each candidate’s thoughts on challenges facing the Town and the Council going forward.

All the candidates said they hoped more citizens would get involved and attend Town Council and committee meetings, and all were supportive of the Town’s agricultural heritage and optimistic about the Town’s future growth.

Henderson County District Court Judge Athena Brooks was the moderator for the forum and presented the candidates with the questions.

A  "meet and greet" for all municipal election candidates in the county was held last week in the Kaplan Auditorium of the main county public library, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.