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New Mayors of WNC: Patrick Fitzsimmons of Weaverville

Patrick Fitzsimmons first took office as mayor of Weaverville in August of 2021.  Three months later, he was elected to a full-term representing the town of just over 4,000 people in Buncombe County.Fitzsimmons previously served as Executive Director of Mountain Bizworks and the regional CEO of Red Cross of Western North Carolina.  He joined BPR's Matt Bush to discuss what he brings from his professional career to being mayor of Weaverville, and how the town's close proximity to the city of Asheville affects what its citizens want from their local government.  You can hear the whole interview above.

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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