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The Candidates Respond: Orange County School Board

Five candidates are running for the Orange County Board of Education in the upcoming election on March 15th. Unlike the several primary election items on the ballot, the school board race is a nonpartisan general election. The winners will take office in June.

  • Full 4-year term (3 seats): Stephen H. Halkiotis, Tony McKnight, Matthew Roberts
  • Unexpired 2-year term (1 seat): John D. Hamilton, Michael H. Hood

OrangePolitics asked the candidates to answer five questions. The responses from four of the candidates are provided below. Candidate Matthew Roberts did not respond.

Sierra Club Endorses in Orange County Board of Commissioners Races

The Sierra Club has issued its endorsements in the 2016 primary election. The endorsed candidates are:

  • At Large: Mark Marcoplos
  • District 1: Mark Dorosin, Penny Rich
  • District 2: Renee Price

Orange County School Board Gets Two New Members, For Now

The Orange County Schools Board of Education has appointed Millicent Rainey and Jessica Aguilar to fill vacancies on the board. Both will serve until June, to be replaced by winners of the March 15th election.

Millicent RaineyJessica Aguilar

 

The Candidates Respond: Relationships with School Districts

We asked county commissioner candidates to answer five questions, and all provided responses. Today, we continue with the third question: How would you characterize the relationships between the county and each of our community’s two school districts? In what ways could these relationships be improved?

Community Talks About School Equity

On Saturday, February 20, the second community forum on school equity was held: "Excellence with Equity: The Schools Our Children Deserve." The event was cosponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools PTA Council, Organizing Against Racism (OAR)-Orange, the NAACP Youth Council, Movement of Youth, and the Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC). The event was live-tweeted by OrangePolitics and a number of other attendees.

The Candidates Respond: 2016 County Bond Referendum

We asked the nine candidates for Orange County Board of Commissioners to answer five questions, and all provided responses. Every Monday, we are posting the responses to one question. Today, we continue with the second question: Is the allocation of funds in the county's proposed 2016 bond referendum appropriate? If not, how would you have designed the bond proposal differently?

The Candidates Respond: Why Are People Poor?

We asked the nine candidates for Orange County Board of Commissioners to answer five questions, and all provided responses. On each the next five Mondays, we will post the responses to one question. We begin today with the first question: Why are people poor? What tools or programs is the county using and/or should the county use to address poverty?

Candidate Forum: County Commissioners (Democratic Party and Democratic Women)

This forum is for candidates for the District 2 and at-large seats.

Date: 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Orange County Public Library, 137 W Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

Candidate Forum: County Commissioners (Democratic Party and Democratic Women)

This forum is for candidates for the District 1 and at-large seats.

Date: 

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Lake Hogan Farms Clubhouse, 101 Commons Way, Carrboro

Candidate Forum: County Commissioners (Chapel Hill-Carrboro PTA Council)

Date: 

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: 

Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Chapel Hill

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