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News & Press

Februrary 17, 2021

Mountain Xpress, Brooke Randle

"A moment in 2012, when Preston Blakely was a senior at Asheville High School, would prove pivotal to voters in Fletcher nine years later..."

November 15, 2021

Blue Ridge Public Radio, Matt Bush

"Preston Blakely is in his first term as a city council member for the town of Fletcher.  But by the end of the year, the 27-year-old will be mayor of the town of over 8-thousand in Henderson County..."

April 20, 2022

Tying it Together Podcast, Tim Boyum

"Just outside Asheville is the small town of Fletcher, which is home to roughly 8,000 residents, and it’s making big waves with its new mayor." 

February 25, 2022

WLOS, Ty Russell

"The town of Fletcher, in Henderson County, is home to 8,000 people. That includes 27-year-old Preston Blakely..."

November 2, 2021

Times-News, Rebecca Walter

"As the next Fletcher mayor, 27-year-old Preston Blakely will look to improve parks and the library while advancing the Heart of Fletcher plan..."  

November 3, 2021


"Residents of Fletcher have a new mayor, as thousands of voters turned out Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 to cast ballots...."

November 6, 2021

Asheville Citizen Times, John Boyle

"For folks who like to poke fun at the younger generation for being overly delicate, "everybody gets a trophy" bellyachers, I give you Preston Blakely"...

July 28, 2021

Hendersonville Times-News, Rebecca Walter

"Preston Blakely, a 26-year-old Fletcher Town Council member, is running for mayor."... 

July 27, 2021

Hendersonville Lightning, Bill Moss

"Preston Blakely, who won a seat on the Fletcher Town Council two years ago at age 25, filed to run for mayor on Monday as incumbent Rod Whiteside confirmed he is retiring from the job after one term."...

March 21, 2021

Spectrum News 1, Loretta Boniti

"Millennials aren’t just headed to high-profile legislatures, they are serving at the local level too. Councilman Preston Blakely of Fletcher, NC and Meredith Edwards, the Clerk of Court in Alamance County share their story on why they stepped up to the plate."

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