List of 2019 Candidate Forums

Below is a regularly updated compilation of Candidate Forums for candidates running for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board, Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Chapel Hill Town Council and Hillsborough Town Board.

*We will add new forums and details as they emerge. If you have corrections, updates, and new forums to share, please post in the comments below and we'll update this post.

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education Forums

September 4    8:00 am     Chamber of Commerce Coffee with the Candidates, Sienna Hotel

September 30  6:30 pm     First Baptist Church Municipal + School Board Meet & Greet

October 8         3:00 pm     Carol Woods Forum, Carol Woods Assembly Hall

October 10       TBD           Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP-CHCCS PTA Council, Location TBD

 

Town of Carrboro

September 4     8:00 am    Chamber of Commerce Coffee with the Candidates, Sienna Hotel

September 5     6:30 pm    Climate/Equity Forum (Climate Action Coalition of Orange County, Community   

OP-NEXT Candidate Coming Out Party on July 19th, 2019

OrangePolitics is teaming up with NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro this year to hold our semi-annual Candidate Coming Out Party & Happy Hour.

The event will be on the last day of filing, Friday, July 19th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at The Station, Carrboro (201 East Main Street in Carrboro).

Catering will be from Venable Bistro. The Station is creating a special cocktail for us. Tip your bartender!

Election Information

Here's what we know about Who's Running so far.

Here's the November 2019 Elections Schedule.

Carrboro

In Carrboro, the mayor and 4 alderperson seats are up for election.

  • Voters will elect a mayor to serve a 2-year term for the seat currently held by incumbent Lydia Lavelle.
  • Voters will elect 3 alderpersons to 4-year terms.

Chapel Hill

November 2019 Election Schedule

Hey local politics junkies! The November 5, 2019 Election Schedule is posted! Find it here.

The filing period for Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Chapel Hill Town Council, Hillsborough Town Board and the Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board is from Friday July 5th at noon until Friday, July 19th at noon.

Check out our post, Local Seats Up for Election in 2019: Who's Running, for information on how many seats are at play and who has already announced her/his candidacy.

Stay tuned for information on our Candidate Coming Out Party & Happy Hour.

Local Seats Up For Election in 2019: Who’s Running

The terms for Mayor of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough are all up this year, as well as seats on Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Hillsborough Town Board and Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Carrboro Alderperson Damon Seils, and Hillsborough Board Member Matt Hughes have all announced they will be running for election to their current positions. There are challengers for some of the seats up for election; so far they are Tai Huynh (CHTC), Jeff Charles (CHTC) and Susan Romaine (CBOA). See below for more information on who is up for re-election and what we know so far.

DOLRT: What Was Lost

As expected, on Tuesday night the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to discontinue the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project. After a failure of negotiations, this step formally discontinues the project and begins a process to reallocate the funds that had been allocated to the light rail project through an amended Orange County Transit Plan.

That process will involve lengthy conversations with community members and potential partners. A lot of time and effort, and difficult negotiation lie ahead. For me, it’s time to pause and consider what has been lost.

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