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Seven Questions for This Year's Candidate's For Register of Deeds

This election year, Orange County voters will be selecting a Register of Deeds from three potential candidates: Deborah Brooks, the current Register of Deeds, Mark Chilton, former Mayor of Carrboro, and Sara Stephens, former Deputy Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds is the custodian of many of the county’s public records including those relating to births, deaths, military discharges, marriage and property transfers.

In lieu of holding a candidate forum for the Register of Deeds race this cycle, we sent each candidate seven questions and asked them to respond to each in 200 words or less. The answers we received from them appear below. They have not been edited in any way.

Question One: Why is this an elected office?

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This Week in Orange Politics: April 14-20

Though it's a short week at many government offices across Orange County, the county's public bodies are staying busy. Both the Chapel Hill Town County and the county school board will consider their budgets for the next fiscal year, while the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons will tackle parking. The Hillsborough Town Board will consider two specific projects, while the County Commission will consider its 2014 legislative agenda and discuss rural curbside recycling again.

 

Here's the summary: 

 

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

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Forum Open Thread: Orange County School Board

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County School Board candidate forum happening on April 13, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are six candidates for four seats: 

  • Greg Andrews - did not respond to our invitations to participate
  • Tom Carr - declined to participate in our forum
  • Donna Coffey
  • Michael Hood
  • Brenda Stephens - declined to participate in our forum
  • Rosa Williams

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/ocboe.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

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This Week in Orange Politics: April 7-13

Budgets and facilities planning will top the agendas of many of Orange County's public bodies this week. The Chapel Hill Town Council will receive an update from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools on facilities planning, while both the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education and the County Commission will work on priorities for upcoming budget years. The County Commission will also hear an update on the County Manager's proposed capital investment plan.

 

Some of the other events around the county will include a Rosemary Imagined Review Committee meeting, a Justice United forum on the influence of ALEC and an input session on the Southern Branch Library siting. 

 

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Forum Open Thread: Carrboro Board of Aldermen Special Election

Welcome to the open thread for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen Special Election candidate forum happening on April 6, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are three candidates for one seat: 

  • Bethany Chaney
  • Talal Asad
  • Theresa Watson

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/cboa.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

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This Week in Orange Politics: March 31-April 6

Though most of Orange County’s public bodies are taking a break from holding regular meetings this week, the County Commissioners will still hold a hearing on the solid waste tax district and we’ll be holding our first candidate forum of the season. Here’s the summary:

 

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

  • There is no scheduled meeting this week. The next scheduled meeting is on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:30 pm.


CHAPEL HILL TOWN COUNCIL

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This Week in Orange Politics: March 24-30

Transit, siting the Orange County library's southern branch and land use are all on the docket in Orange County this week. The action this week starts early, with Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stephens delieving his State of the Town address tonight as the Orange County School Board considers a number of initiatives related to technology. Tuesday, the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons will consider changes to the town's land use, while a public input session on the southern branch library will be held at Hickory Tavern.

 

Later in the week, three of the county's public bodies will hold a joint meeting on land use, the Sierra Club will host a forum for the upcoming primary elections and Chapel Hill Transit will gather feedback on how to best plan for growth in the North-South corridor.

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This Week in Orange Politics: March 17-23

The campaign season for Orange County's Democratic primary races gets into full swing this week, with the first candidate forum, hosted by the Orange County Democratic Women. Also this week the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education will consider a resolution opposing the state’s new legislation that ends teacher tenure and creating teacher contracts, and the County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a solution for solid waste. 


CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

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Forum Open Thread: Orange County Board of Commissioners

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County Board of Commissioners candidate forum happening on April 27, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time. This forum is for candidates running in the Democratic primaries for the County Commission.

There are three separate races for one seat each: 

District 1

  • Mia Burroughs

District 2

  • Mark Marcoplos
  • Earl McKee

At Large

  • Bonnie Hauser
  • Barry Jacobs

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/ocbocc.

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Forum Open Thread: Orange County Sheriff

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County Sheriff candidate forum taking place on April 23, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are six candidates for one seat: 

  • Charles Blackwood
  • Andy Cagle
  • David Caldwell
  • Larry Faucette
  • Buddy Parker
  • Keith Webster

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/ocsheriff.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

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