OP Online Candidate Forums: April 8 & 15

The OrangePolitics online candidate forum for Orange County Commissioners will take place on Sunday April 8th at 7 pm. The candidate forum for Orange County School Board will be held online on Sunday, April 15th at 7:00 pm. Links will be posted here when they become available.

Both forums will consist of real-time communication between moderators and candidates. Visitors are encouraged to watch, but cannot participate in the forum itself, although comments will be welcomed in an open thread.

Our moderator for the school board forum will be Latarndra Strong with the Hate Free Schools Coalition. Kirk Ross will moderate the commissioners' forum.

Suggestions for questions to ask the candidates are welcome and encouraged!

The Sierra Club Endorses Sally Greene for Commissioner

The Orange-Chatham group of the North Carolina Sierra Club is proud to announce the endorsement of Sally Greene for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.  The NC Sierra Club supports candidates with demonstrated knowledge of local environmental issues who will provide strong leadership on matters including conservation, growth, and transportation.

List of All Local 2018 Candidate Forums

We're collecting a list of all 2018 primary forums for local offices. If you see one not on our list, let us know.

First installment for American Legion property comes due

It’s smart to plan ahead before making a big purchase. Chapel Hill didn’t do that when it decided to buy the American Legion property for $7.9 million, and now Chapel Hill taxpayers are paying the price. The parks and recreation facilities we thought we were getting when we voted for bonds in November 2015 will be postponed indefinitely, sacrificed for the purchase of the American Legion property.

Flush with $3.6 million in surplus in fall 2016, Town Council decided to rush ahead with the purchase of the longtime home of American Legion Post 6, a 35-acre piece of property. Post 6 had an option with a private developer, who planned to put housing on part of the site and agreed to work with the Town to program part of the site as a public park. (Use of part of the site to expand the adjoining Ephesus Park is a long-time Town goal.) However, even more housing near what is now called the “Blue Hill District” was too much for some Councilmembers. Instead, Town Council decided, it made sense to buy the property.

Nonprofit Leadership in Orange County: So White

At a meeting last week with many local nonprofit leaders, I learned something not too surprising – the nonprofits in Orange County are largely run by white folks with accompanying huge disparities in assets and revenue when compared to those run by people of color. Across the Triangle, such nonprofits primarily serve communities of color. And according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this is the case across the US. I’m not going to tell you why you should care that, like other sectors, the wealth of our nonprofits is concentrated in the hands of white people.  It has been written about here (racial wealth gap) and here (nonprofit diversity).  But I do want to share our local stats so we have an accurate picture of what we’re facing.

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