Unique Asheville: Local politician

  • It’s been an up-and-down year for former Xpress editor, longtime activist, and ardent progressive Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell. His congressional run for the 11th District Democratic nomination got national attention from progressive websites, but he ended up losing that fight. He’s cast dissenting votes on issues ranging from the sale of city property for a hotel chain to renaming the Asheville Civic Center. In spite (or perhaps because of) those struggles, Xpress readers voted him their favorite Asheville politician. — D.F.