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Edwards won’t rule out reversing Asheville charter change

“I’m extremely disappointed to see that the city of Asheville continues to deny citizens in any particular district [the chance] to have a Council person that would represent their particular interests and be held accountable through an election system,” Edwards explained. “I get constant feedback from constituents in Asheville that they can’t get City Council folks to pick up the phone, let alone to listen to a specific concern that they might have in their neighborhood.” 

The District 48 Republican, who represents Henderson, Transylvania and eastern Buncombe counties as of the Sept. 17 redrawing of state electoral maps, was responding to Asheville City Council’s pending move to amend the city’s charter. At Council’s Tuesday, Oct. 22, meeting, members are expected to undo the election districting imposed on Asheville last year by Senate Bill 813, of which Edwards was the sole sponsor.

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