Drew grew up spending summers in Buncombe County while attending camp and, later, while working as a camp counselor. He and his wife, Katie, moved here together after they both graduated from Appalachian State University. They live in West Asheville, where they are raising their two-year-old, Simon. Katie is a licensed speech therapist and has worked in North Carolina’s public schools. When Drew is not at the office, he spends most of his time chasing Simon.
Drew worked in wilderness therapy before becoming interested in political organizing and public service. His experience includes working as a field organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, as an organizer of young people for action on climate change with PowerShift, and managing Patsy Keever’s successful campaign for North Carolina House in 2010.
Drew has served as Buncombe County’s Register of Deeds since 2011. Running on a campaign of fiscal responsibility and increased convenience for the public and professionals who use the office, Drew won the appointment upon the retirement of longtime Register of Deeds Otto DeBruhl. Efficiencies and advancements include: acceptance of credit and debit cards (the office had only accepted cash or checks), hiring bilingual employees, and offering electronic recording of real estate documents. Drew successfully ran for office in 2012, winning the 2012 Democratic Primary and the 2012 General Election. He seeks re-election in November 2016.