ASHEVILLE - Upcoming primary elections in Buncombe County will feature crowded and consequential primaries for Congress, district attorney, sheriff, City Council and Asheville City Schools Board of Education.
Trump ally Rep. Madison Cawthorn is facing an eight-way Republican May 17 primary. Democratic District Attorney Todd Williams has two challengers in a primary that will serve as the de facto general election because no Republicans are running.
The mayor's primary, meanwhile, has five candidates, including incumbent Esther Manheimer. Eleven council candidates are competing for three spots on the seven-member body. Both Asheville races are nonpartisan.
The school board is holding its first election since a historic move by the council and state legislators to switch from an appointed board.
Contested congressional and General Assembly maps caused the primaries to be pushed back into May. That means the chance to register to vote ends April 22.
But voters who miss that deadline can still register if they vote the same day during one-stop early voting April 28 - May 14.
Election Services Director Corinne Duncan said it is important for voters to know how this election will be different — with changed dates and new school board elections.
But some aspects, even confusing ones, remain the same. Those include rules about how unaffiliated voters can choose whether to vote in Democratic or Republican primaries.
"It is always good to remind voters that people who are registered as unaffiliated are still able to cast a ballot as North Carolina holds semi-open primaries," Duncan said.
Election dates to know:
Now: Absentee ballots can be requested by registered voters for the 2022 statewide primaries.
April 22: Civilian voter registration deadline for the 2022 statewide primaries.
April 28: One-stop, in-person early voting period begins for the 2022 statewide primaries.
May 14: One-stop, in-person early voting period ends at 3 p.m. for the 2022 statewide primaries.
May 17: Election Day for the 2022 statewide primaries and civilian absentee ballot return deadline.
Details on statewide and local races are below:
Constance (Lov) Johnson
Alyssia Rose-Katherine Hammond
Marcus W. Williams
James L. Carr Jr.
B. K. Maginnis
Shannon W. Bray
Lee A. Brian
Benjamin E. Griffiths
Charles Kenneth Moss
Leonard L. Bryant
Kenneth Harper Jr.
Marjorie K. Eastman
U.S. House, 11th District
Bynum M. Lunsford
David Adam Coatney
Wendy Marie-Limbaugh Nevarez
Michele V. Woodhouse
N.C. Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Seat 3
N.C. Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Seat 5
Sam J. Ervin IV
April C. Wood
Victoria E. Prince
N.C. Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Seat 8
Carolyn Jennings Thompson
Julee Tate Flood
N.C. Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Seat 9
Brad A. Salmon
Beth Freshwater Smith
N.C. Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Seat 10
Gale Murray Adams
John M. Tyson
N.C. Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Seat 11
Michael J. Stading
Charlton L. Allen
N.C. State Senate, District 46
N.C. State Senate, District 49
N.C. House of Representatives, District 114
J. Eric Ager
Everett D. Pittillo
N.C. House of Representatives, District 115
Sherry M. Higgins
N.C. House of Representatives, District 116
N.C. Superior Court Judge, District 28, Seat 1
N.C. District Court Judge, District 28, Seat 1
Ward D. Scott
N.C. District Court Judge, District 28, Seat 2
Julie M. Kepple
N.C. District Court Judge, District 28, Seat 3
Patricia Kaufmann Young
N.C. District Court Judge, District 28, Seat 4
Susan (Smitty) Dotson-Smith
N.C. District Court Judge, District 28, Seat 5
District Attorney, District 40
Joe Bowman (name on ballot but chose to suspend campaign)
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, District 1
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, District 2
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, District 3
Buncombe County Clerk of Superior Court
Buncombe County Sheriff
Adrian (AJ) Fox (Died April 3. Name remains on ballot.)
City of Asheville, Mayor
Michael L. Hayes
City of Asheville, City Council
(Nonpartisan - three seats)
Maggie Ullman Berthiaume
Sheneika E. Smith
Asheville City Schools Board of Education
(Nonpartisan - four seats)
Jesse J. Warren
William (Bill) Young Jr.
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This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: 2022 elections: Who's on the ballot in Asheville, Buncombe, WNC?