Next Asheville City Council Will Be Most Diverse Ever

Nov 9, 2017

This week's election in Asheville will produce the most ethnically diverse city council in its history.  Vijay Kapoor, Sheneika Smith, and incumbent vice mayor Gwen Wisler were all elected to city council.  Kapoor is the first Asian-American ever elected to the body (he and Pratik Bhakta, who lost in this year's primary election, were the first Asian-American candidates ever for Asheville city council).  Smith's election means for the first time in 26 years, there will be two African-Americans on city council.  Citizen-Times reporter Joel Burgess joined BPR's Matt Bush in studio to discuss the results and what they reveal about Asheville's electorate, plus what issues are likely to be tackled first by the new council, and whether the city has any legal avenue to fight the General Assembly passed bill mandating districts be drawn for future city council elections now that voters rejected the idea by a 3 to 1 margin at the polls.