What aspect of a new naming rights deal with Asheville city officials value more: the bottom line dollar amount, or establishing a partnership with a corporate entity that shares city values?
Councilman Gordon Smith won't seek re-election, newcomer Kim Roney says she's running and others are testing the waters.
Rich Lee, Kim Roney and Sheneika Smith are a few names being bandied about as possible City Council candidates this year.
Atkins ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Asheville City Council back in 2015.
Why so many candidates this year? Incumbents are out, Raleigh is popping, turnout will likely be low, and more.
Also, candidates continue to line up to run for this year's Asheville City Council elections.
Simerly, who ran an unsuccessful bid for City Council in 2007, has developed close ties with a number of Democratic officeholders over the years.
Also, local defense attorney Corey Atkins joins the race for Asheville City Council, and more.