The Orange-Chatham Group of the Sierra Club issued endorsements in some of the upcoming Orange County primary races last night. Their picks were Barry Jacobs and Mark Marcoplos for the Orange County Board of Commissioners and Bethany Chaney for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. Here's more from the Sierra Club press release:
It's that time of year again. Early voting is already underway, and those of us who pay literally any attention to local politics are frequently asked by the rest of the world for whom they should vote.
Please share with us you're voting for and why. You may also list the people you would vote for if you lived in their districts. Do not refer in any way to to any candidates you are not supporting. You're free to critique the candidates through comments on other posts or by posting your own blog entry. In fact, you're strongly encouraged to do so!
This reads like a compromise solution if I ever saw one. In the pick-4 Chapel Hill Town Council race, the Sierra Club endorsed 5 candidates! Here's their press release:
CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club proudly announces its endorsements for the 2013 municipal races in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro. The NC Sierra Club supports candidates with demonstrated knowledge of local environmental issues who will provide strong leadership on matters including growth, transportation, and conservation.
For mayor of Pittsboro, the Sierra Club endorses Bill Terry.
For mayor of Hillsborough, the Sierra Club endorses Tom Stevens.
For mayor of Carrboro, the Sierra Club endorses Lydia Lavelle, who is running unopposed.
And I can't say I disagree with them much. (But I do have some quibbles. More about that when we post our annual Endorsements Thread soon.) Here's an overview of their picks (which you already know if you follow us on Twitter):
- Chapel Hill Town Council: Sally Greene, Ed Harrison, Maria Palmer, George Cianciolo
- CHCCS School Board: James Barett, Michelle Brownstein, Andrew Davidson
- Carrboro Board of Alderpeople: Randee Haven-O'Donnell, Jacquie Gist, Sammy Slade
- Hillsborough Town Board: Kathleen Ferguson, Jennifer Weaver
To learn more about all these folks see our spreadsheet of candidates at orangepolitics.org/elections-2013/candidates
For better or for worse, our local media works hard to give equal air time to both sides of the story. Some may fault them as giving too much voice to an opinion which represents a small minority of residents, others may thank them for giving life to a discussion. Regardless of what you think, it's sometimes difficult to cut through the noise. So where does the community stand on the whole?
Early voting is off to a quick start. Here is OP's traditional special-rules post to learn about your own preferences on the ballot.
The rules: Only write who you're voting for (and why, if you like). You may also list the people you would vote for if you lived in their districts. Do not refer in any way to to any candidates you are not supporting. If you don't follow the rules, your comment will be removed. You're free to critique the candidates through comments on other posts or by posting your own blog entry. In fact, you're warmly invited to do so!
Early voting is well underway, and many of you have already made up your minds about who to vote for. This is our annual special-rules post to learn who your favorites on this year's ballot. Here's OP's 2012 candidate list including links to all of their websites. And our eletion info in general is at orangepolitics.org/elections-2012.
The rules: only write who you are voting for (and why, if you like). You may also list the people you would vote for if you lived in their districts. Do not refer (by name or specific description) to any candidates that you are not publicly supporting. If you do not follow the rules, your comments will be removed. (You are free to write comments on other posts, or even post your own blog entry, that are critical of the candidates. In fact, you are warmly invited to do so!)