During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2010, Ruby and I met over coffee in downtown Carrboro to discuss a new direction for OrangePolitics. By the turn of the new year, Ruby had recruited me, Erin, Jason, and Molly to act as a group of editors who would help solicit new content, expand OP's presence on Twitter (@orangepolitics) and other social media, moderate comments when necessary, and prosecute the war on spambots and other robot visitors.
Now that I am officially a candidate in the upcoming special election for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, I am stepping down as an OP editor. We agreed two years ago that it wouldn't make sense for any of us to be both a candidate and an editor. I hope those of you who live in Carrboro will take some time to learn about me at damonseils.org. You're also welcome to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, if you can bear it.
More important, will you take some time to consider who might make a strong addition to the OP editorial posse?
Since announcing the inaugural editors in 2011, we have held monthly editorial meetings open to the public, live-tweeted dozens of local government meetings and other events, hosted in-person candidate meet-and-greets, conducted live online candidate forums, and mentored students through the university's APPLES Service-Learning program. Our newest editor, Jeff, was an APPLES student who almost singlehandedly provided the broadest coverage of the Chapel Hill 2020 process available in any of our local media.
There's room now for someone new to make a greater contribution to this online community. Please comment here or contact the editors if you have ideas about how this new phase in OP's life can get even better.
And now, my final act as an editor: promoting this post to the front page.