Blue Ridge Public Radio and the Asheville Citizen-Times will partner on a candidate forum for Buncombe County sheriff. The forum will take place April 16th at noon at BPR's studio. It will be broadcast live on both the BPR and Citizen-Times Facebook pages. BPR will also the air the forum at a later date before the May 8th primary.
Current Buncombe County sheriff Van Duncan is retiring after 3 terms. Five Democrats - Randy Smart, Quentin Miller, Chris Winslow, Rondell Lance, and R. Daryl Fisher - are running for the party's nomination. Republican Shad Higgins and Libertarian Tracey Debruhl are running unopposed for their party's respective nominations and will be on the general election ballot. All seven candidates have been invited to participate in the forum. Early voting starts April 19th and runs through May 5th. The primary will be held May 8th.