Manheimer advances, Bothwell falls short in Asheville primary

    <p>Mayor Esther Manheimer advanced in Tuesday's primary election. (Photo credit: WLOS staff){/p}

    Mayor Esther Manheimer advanced in Tuesday's primary election, but one city councilman's bid for re-election to Asheville City Council fell short.

    With 41 of 41 precincts reporting, Manheimer finished with 8,488 votes (77.05 percent). She was followed by Martin Ramsey, who received 1,719 votes (15.60 percent). Jonathan Wainscott pulled in 531 votes (4.82 percent), and Jonathan Austin Glover received 278 votes (2.52 percent).

    Manheimer and Ramsey advance to November's general election.

    In the race for Asheville City Council, Vijay Kapoor was the top vote-getter with 5,637 (17.64 percent), Sheneika E. Smith followed with 4,102 votes (12.84 percent) and vice mayor Gwen Wisler received 3,614 votes (11.31 percent). Dee Williams had 3,408 (10.67 percent), Rich Lee was next with 3,182 votes (9.96 percent) and Kim Roney was sixth with 3,172 votes (9.93 percent). Those six advance to the general election.

    Incumbent councilman Cecil Bothwell received 3,066 votes (9.60 percent) and failed to qualified for the general election.

    Jeremy Goldstein was next with 2,380 votes (7.45 percent), followed by Adrian Vassallo with 1,362 votes (4.26 percent), Pratik Bhakta with 1,165 votes (3.65 percent), Andrew Fletcher with 545 (1.71 percent) and Jan (Howard) Kubiniec with 320 (1 percent).

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