Larry Blunt

Office: Buncombe County Commissioner, District 3
Status: Challenger
Party Affiliation: Independent

Larry Blunt is a U.S. Navy veteran, a Realtor, and was for 12 years the news anchor at WLOS-TV. He is running for Commissioner in District 3, Buncombe County, NC as a continuation of his years of service to the community. His wife of 20 years, Jan Blunt, is a former Communications Director for Buncombe County Schools.

Says Blunt, “As a U.S. Navy veteran, I served my country with honor. As a journalist, I served Buncombe County and all western North Carolina with accountability, integrity, honesty, and compassion. Those same qualities are essential when representing the people of Buncombe County.”

As an Independent candidate, not beholden to any political party, Blunt looks forward to collaborating with his fellow commissioners and community leaders. “Traveling around Buncombe County as a journalist, a citizen, and now as a realtor, I’ve encountered the same challenges the public faces every day,” says Blunt. “Traffic congestion. Not enough housing for low- and middle-class families to afford. Not enough jobs that pay a wage compatible with our high housing costs. A public education system struggling to meet the needs of students and the educators who prepare them for careers and college.

“We need to find creative solutions not only to the challenges we face now, but to those we’ll face going forward. As a Commissioner and servant leader, I’ll responsibly and compassionately balance the needs and desires of individuals, businesses, and the community at large, with available resources.”

During Larry’s thirty years as a journalist, he focused heavily on accountability and transparency in government, scrutinizing budget line items and winning an Emmy for exposing a County Administrator in SC who was misspending taxpayer’s money. That experience will serve him well as a Buncombe County Commissioner. So, too, will the relationships formed with people of all walks of life making an impact in the region, featured in his “Persons of the Week” segments over the course of a decade.

Before his television career ended, Blunt earned eight Emmys and was honored to receive the prestigious “Silver Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement” from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Southeast Region. In no small part, those awards reflect Larry’s dedication and commitment to the people of western NC.