The last bill former Hendersonville Republican Tom Apodaca put forth before he retired would have split Asheville into districts for the purpose of electing city council members. It was opposed by every other lawmaker representing the city, as well as the mayor and entire city council. In a stinging defeat for the longtime senator, it failed in its final vote in the House. Now his successor, Republican Senator Chuck Edwards, is trying again . Edwards declined requests from BPR to talk about the bill, saying in an e-mailed response he’d talk “perhaps after the bill is passed.” But WUNC capitol reporter Jeff Tiberii caught up with Edwards on the Senate floor.
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