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. 

Preston Blakely is the youngest mayor in the state at just 27 years old, and he’s the grandson of an Asheville civil rights icon.

We talk with him about his early rise in politics, his family history, political shenanigans in his mayoral campaign, and how Fletcher is facing many of the same growing pains other “bedroom communities” are facing all across North Carolina. 

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With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just sound bites. North Carolina veteran reporter and anchor Tim Boyum is loosening his signature bow tie for candid conversations with power players across the state. In "Tying It Together," Tim uncovers what makes these newsmakers tick, explores fascinating life stories and helps all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our community.

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