Terri Wells for Buncombe County Commissioner – District 1

9th Generation Buncombe County Farmer Seeks County Commissioner Seat

Trusted, Proven Leadership on Agriculture, Conservation, Education, and Rural Resiliency

County Commissioner candidate Terri Wells is a 9th generation Buncombe County farmer and community leader. Terri understands and values our rich heritage. That is one reason she serves on the Buncombe County Agricultural Advisory Board working with landowners on farm conservation, and why she also helped create the Farm Heritage Trail.

Terri also understands that change is inevitable–so we must plan to make the best of it. We need a broad vision for the future so that we can ensure that all of our people thrive, now and for generations to come.  Terri understands that she does not have all the answers; however, she does have people’s trust and confidence that she will work collaboratively. Terri has a track record of listening and working with people to accomplish shared goals. That’s how Terri helped bring about the improvements to Sandy Mush Community Center, including a new playground and broadband internet access. These qualities also served her well as past Program Director of Asheville City Schools Foundation where she worked with educators, volunteers, families, and community organizations to improve the quality of education for all students.

Terri  graduated from Erwin High School and then earned a Bachelor’s Degree In English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado Boulder.  She considers herself a life-long learner. She recently completed the Homegrown Leaders leadership and economic development training with the NC Rural Center.

Terri’s values include integrity, collaboration, respectful communication, critical thinking, and common sense. She is known for her values. Terri is a longtime Democratic party volunteer having served as Sandy Mush Precinct Chair and Leicester Cluster Leader.

View of the 200-year-old Wells family farm

Vision for Leadership as Our Buncombe County Commissioner

Environmental Stewardship:  It is imperative that we are good stewards of our resources so that we can thrive today and in the future.  We must focus on addressing the challenges posed by climate change by adapting to the differences we are experiencing, as well as working to mitigate them.  

Educated and Capable Community:  We must ensure that every child receives a quality education, pre-k through 12, and that every Buncombe resident has access to life-long learning opportunities.  A quality education is the foundation to improving quality of life and the door to opportunity.

Vibrant Economy:  From farmers to entrepreneurs, we need to invest in our homegrown talent.  We must ensure that everyone has access to high quality Broadband. Tax dollars raised from tourism should be spent wisely and in service to our residents. When everyone is benefitting from a healthy economy, we will have a healthier Buncombe.

Well-Being and Quality of Life:  With smart planning, we can connect the people and communities within Buncombe County to each other and to our natural assets. Having widely accessible greenways and recreational assets will encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

Terri Wells for Buncombe County Commissioner – District 1

The district is new. It includes northwestern Buncombe County – Sandy Mush, Leicester, Alexander, Jupiter, Weaverville, Woodfin, and North Asheville. To find your district, use this tool on the Buncombe County Board of Election Website. Terri was born and raised in Sandy Mush on land that her family has farmed for 9 generations. For a time, Terri and her husband, Buncombe County native Glenn Ratcliff, lived in North Asheville. In 2010, they built their own home on the family farm and soon after opened Bee Branch Farm CSA, joining the family farming tradition. Glenn is a Chemistry instructor at A-B Tech Community College.

Ways to Get Involved – Help Elect Terri Wells for Commissioner

You can help Terri win the General Election on November 3, 2020. Terri appreciates your financial contribution and also the gift of your time and energy. Please make a donation, volunteer, or sign up for our newsletter. Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible for Terri to win the March 3rd Democratic Primary with more than 66 perent of the vote.

Paid for by Terri Wells for Commissioner. Mailing address: P.O. Box 18741, Asheville, NC 28814.

Terri Wells Has a History of Service and Stewardship

Terri Wells and her husband Glenn Ratcliff enjoy hiking in our beautiful mountains here in Western North Carolina.


Terri Wells and her husband Glenn Ratcliff were born, raised, and educated in Buncombe. They value the natural resources that our region has to offer. Terri’s family has called our county home for 200 years. With a family tradition of community service, her deep roots inspire Terri.

Terri holding Maggie, an American kestrel. Terri supports the Sandy Mush Kestrel Project as a Carolina Kestrel Partner.


Terri and her family nurture farm lands and wildlife through sustainable agriculture, conservation easements, and fostering pollinators and American kestrels. Since moving back to Buncombe County in 2003, Terri has been a strong advocate for farmland and open space conservation easements.

Terri Wells Democratic candidate Buncombe County Commissioner
Terri works with regional leaders and community members to sustain and improve our rural economy and quality of life.


Terri works with our rural neighbors as Director of Community and Agricultural Programs for WNC Communities. She served children living in poverty as the past program director for the Asheville City Schools Foundation, and taught English at Southwest High School in Onslow County, NC.

I value the important work of the Asheville City Schools Foundation, and I am proud that I was able to be a part of that team serving the needs of students, especially those living in poverty, as their Scholarship and Academic Coach Program Director. ”- Terri Wells

Scenes from Sandy Mush

Ways to Get Involved – Help Elect Terri Wells as our District 1 Commissioner

Terri won the March 3 Primary Election with more than 66% of the vote. Please do what you can to help Terri win the General Election on November 3, 2020. Terri appreciates your financial contribution and also the gift of your time and energy.

Paid for by Terri Wells for Commissioner. Mailing address: P.O. Box 18741, Asheville, NC 28814.

Portrait of Terri Wells is courtesy of The Laurel of Asheville. Photo by Sarah Jones Decker.