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2 men running for BCGOP chair
Monday, 06 March 2017 12:22

From Staff Reports

The Buncombe County Republican Party had two announced candidates running to replace Chairman Nathan West, with a third candidate expected to announce soon.

The candidates include tea party activist Fremont Brown, a reitired former business owner who lives in Bent Creek, and former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower, a psychologist who lives in Asheville.

West, who was elected to the job in 2015, said in January he would not seek another two-year term.

Mumpower said in a Feb. 13 press release that Republican success in the 2016 election “affords exception opportunity to challenge the drift toward progressive-liberal-socialism.”

He added, “It’s a good time to be a conservative. I think recent events demonstrate there’s a resurgence to normal and traditional values and I would enjoy the opportunity to accelerate that effort at the local level.”

Mumpower said he would administer the local party “in a fair and open manner — with a steady hand on our rules, responsibilities and mission.”

Brown said he has served on the county party’s executive committee for the past two years “and I’ve seen how it’s run and I think they need new ideas and a new direction to go,” he told the Asheville Citizen-Times. “What we need is a team, not a one-man show, a good team that’ll work together.”

Brown, who runs the website and used to operate Asheville Die Cast and Asheville Office Supply, is also on the party committees for the 11th Congressional  District and the state.



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