Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Results Are In

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AC-T:"Asheville Mayor

Terry Bellamy 4,383 45%

Joe Dunn 2,905 30%

Charles Worley 1,697 18%

Bill Branyon 672 7%

The top two vote-getters in the primary, Terry Bellamy and Joe Dunn, will face each other in the general election in November.

Asheville City Council

Holly Jones 5,718 22%

Robin Cape 4,156 16%

Carl Mumpower 3,864 15%

Chris Pelly 3,010 11%

Bryan Freeborn 2,629 10%

Keith Thomson 2,157 8%

Dwight Butner 1,533 6%

Selina Sullivan 1,449 5%

Matthew Hebb 1,049 4%

Jan Howard 933 4%

The top six vote-getters in the primary will face each other in the general election in November to fill three vacant City Council seats."

So there you have it, Asheville. Bellamy v. Dunn in what promises to be one of the oddest, most polarized mayoral races in city history.

The Council seats will be as hotly contested, but not nearly as contentious. Holly Jones will likely retain her seat, leaving two chairs for the other five candidates. BlogAsheville isn't in the business of advocating for a particular candidate, but Screwy Hoolie is in the business of tossing out baseless prognostications. Here's one blogger's call:

Bellamy by a whisker for mayor.

Jones in with ease.
Mumpy will get the Dunn voters and come in second.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe last seat will be a dogfight between Cape, Freeborn, and Pelly. Three friendlier dogs you'll never meet, but it's going to be tight. I'm calling it for Freeborn.

If you didn't vote, shame on you. And if you did, then BlogAsheville gives you the Good Citizen award. Go out and do it again. Learn all you can, and cast your ballot in the city's best interest.

I love this town.


Edgy Mama said...

Thanks, Screwy. Aren't numbers great? Wish Holly had run for Mayor!

Screwy Hoolie said...

Numbers are great, EM. And, looking at these numbers a little longer, I've wondered this:

If the Worley voters break for Dunn and the Branyon voters break for Bellamy, then it's Bellamy 52% and Dunn 48%. Of course, if the conservative voters who didn't show up yesterday decide to turn out next time, then it could be a very different picture.

Only 16% of registered voters came out yesterday. That's one in seven. Shame.

Edgy Mama said...

Yep, shame is right. Ash is predicting that the conservs will come out for Dunn. I'm disagreeing, but it is a frightening thought.