Candidate Info

Republican Candidates Running for Office in Buncombe Co. on Nov. 3rd

County and State Offices

Robert Pressley for County Commissioner Chairman

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Glenda Weinert for County Commissioner District 1

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Anthony Penland for County Commissioner District 2

Anthony Penland has been nominated to fill the unexpired term of Mike Fryar on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

Anthony Penland is a lifelong resident of the Swannanoa Community in Buncombe County. He attended Swannanoa Elementary School and is a 1986 graduate of Charles D. Owen High School. After graduating from high school, Anthony attended Montreat – Anderson College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville studying accounting, business administration and history. In 1990 he joined the Swannanoa Volunteer Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter and in 1992 was elected to the fire department board of directors holding the office of treasurer until his hiring as a fulltime firefighter in 1995. In 2001 Anthony was appointed fire chief of the department. With Anthony’s time as treasurer and his tenure as the fire chief, he has 20 years of budgeting experience with a non-profit corporation. He has been in Public Service for thirty years.

Anthony holds an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology from AB Tech and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Emergency Service Administration from Fayetteville State University. Anthony has received his Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence. He has served and is serving on several local, regional and state organizational boards that are dedicated to improving the safety of our public servants and better protection for our citizens. He currently serves the Western North Carolina Association of Firefighters as the secretary. He is the immediate past president of the North Carolina State Firefighters Association, having served and chaired the legislative committee. Being an advocate for the 50,000 firefighters who make up the state association. He is a past president of the Buncombe County Fire Chief’s Association.

Anthony is an avid sports fan and started his many years of coaching at Charles D. Owen Park coaching the Senior Babe Ruth Team. In 1989 Anthony started out what would turn into a 28-year run of coaching and mentoring our youth, while coaching football, baseball and basketball.

In Anthony’s professional and volunteer service he has dedicated himself to putting others before self.

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Joe Belcher for County Commissioner District 3

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Tim Hyatt for NC House 114


Mark Crawford for NC House 115

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“Mark Crawford was raised and grew up in Buncombe County, having attended Black Mountain Primary School, Black Mountain Grammar School and C.D. Owen High School. Upon graduation, Mark attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and was commissioned an officer in the United States Army. He served a little over a decade on active duty, including deploying with the 82nd Airborne Division to the first Gulf War. He also served two additional two decades in the Inactive Ready Reserves. Upon leaving active duty, Mark put himself through graduate school, then returned to his hometown. Initially serving as a small businessman, Mark Crawford began taking time off from his full-time work to serve as a full-time substitute teacher in Buncombe County schools, He did this for parts or all of thirteen academic years, including while serving Buncombe County as a Member of the N.C. House of Representatives. In 2005, Mark transitioned to instructing at WCU and taught there for eleven years, before being called to serve as Administrator of a small, non-profit medical center, serving some of the neediest in our region. More recently, he was called back to teaching, and is currently serving as an instructor in AP* US Government and Politics, where he is now serving in his 25th year, in some capacity or other in education (part-time or full time teaching)”.


Eric Burns for NC House 116

Eric Burns is no stranger to the values of honesty, hard work and common sense. Like many of us here in Western North Carolina, both his character and his story are rooted in humble beginnings.

Eric started from the bottom up. He started working at the age of 14 scrubbing floors and toilets at the Haywood Park Hotel in downtown Asheville, where his step-father was a maintenance engineer.

Eric so impressed his boss with his strong work ethic that when a bellman position became available, he was quickly promoted. He continued working his way up, where, by age 17 he became the front office manager — responsible for both the front desk staff and the bellman staff.

All this — working a full-time job from 3-11 pm — while he was still in high school. Eric graduated with honors and towards the top of his class at Charles D. Owen High in 1996.

Because of his impressive early start and his experience working with computers in the hotel industry, an Atlanta-based software company saw his enormous potential and scooped him right up. Eric traveled around the nation meeting with the company’s high-profile clients, installing critical software, and solving problems.

His hard work allowed him to buy his first house at age 21, but as committed as he was to his career, traveling so frequently started taking its toll and his commitment to his family now came first. For the next three years, Eric worked as an estimator with a local paving company, preparing proposals and working with other industry professionals to ensure that projects were completed on time and on budget.

Eric now co-owns NovaCor Consulting Group, which specializes in payroll, human resources, and information technology. Eric handles sales and marketing and accounts receivable.

Eric lives in Candler with his wife of 14 years, Greta, and their three children, Caroline, Blake, and Madelynn. A devout Christian his entire life, Eric and his family attend the Maple Ridge Baptist Church there.

Eric and Greta also serve the community in numerous volunteer capacities, including with “In His Name Ministries,” a group that provides food, medicine, and critical supplies to the homeless and other at-risk populations, the ABCCM, and “Ignite Youth,” a ministry of Maple Ridge Church on Wednesdays nights.

Eric and Greta are no strangers to adversity themselves. Like many of us, they were hit hard by the financial collapse of 2008 and nearly lost their home. Their determination, their work ethic, and their faith saw them through.

Eric has also served as the vice-chair of the Asheville Civic Center and was most recently asked to serve on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Council, a group dedicated to raining awareness of juvenile diabetes.

As someone who has dedicated his life to family, faith, and serving his community, Eric looks forward to serving the people of Buncombe County‘s 116th District on the North Carolina House of Representatives.



Chuck Edwards for NC Senate 48

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Bob Penland for NC Senate 49

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Mark Watman for School Board At-Large

Mark Watman  BA, BS in Education, MA psychological counseling
40 year retired High School and College teacher and coach
High school subjects taught: Advanced Placement Psychology, Psychology, Health Education, PE
College courses taught: Undergraduate Psychology courses, Sociology, and Education courses
Extensive experience writing course curriculums including teaching objectives and pacing guides
Buncombe County Schools substitute teacher (2016-current), K-12,  all subjects  Worked at 8 high schools, all the intermediate/middle and many elementary schools
Varsity coach of Gymnastics and Fencing,  Multiple individual state champions, 10 teams in high school state championships including one team state championship
Member and instructor at OLLI
Highly committed to improving the quality of the Buncombe County Schools
Willing to listen to all stakeholders of the county schools
Have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make decisions that will benefit our students, staff and community
Have extensive experience with developing and working within budgets
Sports official: Soccer  officiate ABYSA, HFC, MIddle and High School and adult games
Mentor of UNCA athlete


*3 candidates for 3 seats on the NC Supreme Court follow:

Justice Paul Newby for Chief Justice – NC Supreme Court

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Tamara Barringer for NC Supreme Court

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Judge Phil Berger, Jr for NC Supreme Court

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*5 Candidates for 5 seats on the NC Court of Appeals follow:

Judge Jeff Carpenter for NC Court of Appeals

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Judge W. Fred Gore for  NC Court of Appeals

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Judge Chris Dillon for NC Court of Appeals

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Judge Jefferson Griffin for NC Court of Appeals

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Judge April C. Wood for NC Court of Appeals

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NC Governor  –  Dan Forest



NC  Lt. Governor   –  Mark Robinson



NC Attorney General  –  Jim O’Neill


NC Commissioner of Agriculture – Steve Troxler


NC Commissioner of Insurance – Mike Causey



NC Secretary of State  –  E.C. Sykes



NC Commissioner of Labor  – Josh Dobson



NC Auditor  –  Anthony Street


NC Treasurer  –  Dale Folwell

Because of his conservative leadership the state pension plan which 1 out of 10 North Carolina citizens depend on is only down 3% during this economics crisis. He is also leading the fight to open the economy back up in a responsible way.



NC Superintendent of Public Instruction  –  Catherine Truitt



National Offices

President  –  Donald J Trump



US Senate for NC  –  Thom Tillis



US Congress District 11  – Madison Cawthorn