The House District 50 Selection Committee will meet to select now-Senator Valerie Foushee's replacement. Location TBD. Discuss and learn more about the candidates here
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:00pm
Orange County Library, 137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
With Sen. Valerie Foushee taking the oath of office today at the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro, the appointment process for her replacement to represent House District 50 can officially begin.
If you've been following the news, though, you know that there are already several declared candidates for the seat, and that things have already unofficially begun.
Filing has now closed for Penny Rich’s vacated Town Council
seat. There will be a special public hearing January 14th where the
applicants will be allowed to speak. The Council will consider
making an appointment to fill the vacancy on January
There are 11 applicants to the seat. I believe that this applicant
pool is more diverse than in past appointment processes. There are
4 women, one student, one Latino candidate, one African-American
applicant, one candidate who identifies (per her voter registration
record) as multiracial, and a Republican. Below is a brief
All of us in the local political chattering class have been talking about who will be the successor to Penny Rich, since Penny will be resigning from the Chapel Hill Town Council soon to take her new seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. A lot of qualified names have been tossed out, including Maria Palmer and George Cianciolo.
Unsurprisingly, names have started to surface as possible
applicants for Penny Rich's open Town Council seat once she leaves her post to
join the County Commission in January. Today I heard via Twitter that George
Gianciolo and Jon DeHart likely plan to apply for the position.
While I'm sure either of these men would provide a
thoughtful voice for Council, the unpleasant reality is that if either were
appointed, the gender breakdown of CHTC would be just two women and seven men
(including Mayor Kleinschmidt). Council would be comprised of just 22%
women, exactly the same representation as the NC legislature.
embarrassing that a municipal government we proudly consider to be a model for
progressivism in our state could possibly have the same gender breakdown as our
backward-thinking General Assembly.
Joe Green has resigned from the CHCCS School Board (not that you'll notice that in the lack of media around here)
But I doubt we'll get into another "5th place finisher" fight because I heard MaryAnne Gucciardi moved out of the district as well. But I'm sure there will be interesting questions about whether to appoint another African-American. Or why not a Hispanic- or Asian-American given the large populations (14 and 11% respectively)?
First Baptist Church Candidate Meet and Greet
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
OC Democratic Party Carrboro Candidates Meet and Greet
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
OP Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
NAACP, PTA Council, Special Needs Advisory Council School Board Candidates Forum
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 7:00pm
Carol Woods Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 3:00pm
This Week in Orange Politics
It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.
CHALT and the Sierra Club/Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce/WCHL will hold candidate forums for Chapel Hill candidates.
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