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Three candidates face off in the primary next week in the Asheville race for mayor. Martin Ramsey, Esther Manheimer and John Miall are making a bid for the November general election.
Manheimer is currently the city's vice mayor. Miall is a retired former city employee who was the director of the city's risk management. Ramsey is a 31 year old Asheville resident. Miall has never run for public office before but said he "could no longer sit on the sidelines" after watching what was happening with the city's water department, airport and taxes.
Manheimer is a local attorney who has served on the city council and feels she has a "vested interest" to keep the city on track financially to preserve the city's quality of life. Ramsey is a political newcomer who wants to represent the every day working class. He says he wants a more egalitarian government and thinks he represents the working class who are often left out of the political process.
The election is Tuesday with polls opening at 6:30 in the morning. Early voting continues at Election Services on Woodfin street through Saturday.
By Frank Fraboni