FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Shanna Peele, Daniel Withrow
Asheville, North Carolina – August 31, 2022
On Wednesday, August 31, local public school unions Asheville City Association of Educators (ACAE), Buncombe County Association of Educators (BCAE), and Asheville-Buncombe North Carolina Retired School Personnel (AB NCRSP) announced their endorsements for candidates running for office in the November 2022 election.
In early August, the three organizations formed an endorsement committee and emailed questionnaires to all registered candidates for Asheville City Council, Asheville Mayor, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, Buncombe County Sheriff, and Buncombe County Board of Education. Candidates who completed the questionnaire by the deadline were invited to an interview with the committee. All candidates who completed both the questionnaire and the interview were considered for endorsement.
ACAE, BCAE, and AB NCRSP endorse the following candidates:
Asheville Mayor: Kim Roney
Asheville City Council: Allison Scott, Maggie Ullman Berthiaume, Nina Tovish
Buncombe County Sheriff: Quentin Miller
Buncombe County Commissioner, District 1: Al Whitesides
Buncombe County Commissioner, District 2: Martin Moore
Buncombe County Commissioner, District 3: Amanda Edwards
Buncombe County Board of Education, Erwin District: Kim Plemmons
Buncombe County Board of Education, Enka District: Judy Lewis
Buncombe County Board of Education, Reynolds District: Rob Elliot
On April 25, 2022, ACAE released endorsements for the following candidates running for Asheville City Schools Board of Education:
About the Process:
BCAE/ACAE sent out surveys to all candidates running for the local government offices.
We want to say thank you to all of the candidates who came and interviewed. It was a thorough and comprehensive process that each candidate completed thoughtfully and exhaustively.
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Did you know that BCAE provides scholarships to our members for costs associated to professional development and related coursework? Advanced degrees, National Boards, additional certifications - We know that professional improvement is not cheap, but well worth the investment, so we want to make it a little easier for you! We will be awarding up to $250 per applicant chosen.
Only active NCAE members are eligible for awards. PD scholarships can includes workshops, academic conventions, National Board, and professional development. Higher Ed awards are given to classes taken at accredited colleges and universities.
Application for the scholarship must be made through the Buncombe County Association of Educators (BCAE). The BCAE Scholarship Committee will review all applications and place those which meet the criteria in a lottery. Note: You must be a CURRENT BCAE member to apply. Completed applications must be received at the BCAE office by May 31st each year. Please email application to BCAE President, bcaeWNC@gmail.com, along with all supporting documentation (please take a picture of your receipts to attach). The executive board serves as the committee that reviews the applications. Recipients will be notified no later than August 15th of each year.