Elections 2017

Local elections will be held on November 7, 2017, for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, the Chapel Hill Town Council, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.

DACA and Local Schools

I'm back to teaching at CHHS for a long term sub position. The school district just shared this about DACA.

"CHCCS Students, Staff and Families.

President Trump’s recent decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has caused a heightened sense of concern for many in our community. There are still unanswered questions and increased anxiety over what the future holds. 

Please know, NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN OUR SCHOOLS! Our schools are safe places where children can learn, play and grow. While government leaders debate the legal ramifications and potential appeals, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools remains – as always – committed to the safety and protection of our children.

We continue to welcome everyone, regardless of how they got here. If a student resides within the boundaries of our school district, then we will provide that child with a world-class education. We never ask about the immigration status of a student or family. In fact, we are not allowed to ask, nor do we have any desire for that information.

OrangePolitics 2017 Online Forum Information

Due to time and capacity constraints, we will only be holding two online candidate forums this election cycle:

  • Sunday, October 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for the Chapel Hill Town Council candidates. Chris Brook, Legal Director with the NC ACLU, will be moderating.
  • Sunday, October 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board candidates. Barbara Fedders, UNC School of Law Professor, will be moderating.

We will be submitting candidate questionnaires to the candidates for Mayor of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. We will post all answers on this site prior to the start of early voting on October 19th.

We are asking our readers to suggest questions for any of the races. Please share your ideas below in the comments or via Twitter or Facebook.

List of all 2017 Candidate Forums

Below is a list of Candidate Forums for candidates running for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board, Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, and Chapel Hill Town Council.

*We will add new forums and details as they emerge. If you have corrections, updates, and new forums to share, please post in the comments below and we'll update this post.

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education Forums

Sept 23             Forum Sponsored by Booker Creek, Cedar Falls, Coker Hills and Eastside precincts 3:30pm – 5:30pm at                              the Chapel Hill Public Library

Sept 27             Orange County Democratic Party and Democratic Women of Orange County Forum 6:30pm at OWASA

Oct 8                 OrangePolitics On-line forum, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Another Aspect of Equity: Our Town and County Advisory Boards

This article was posted on-line in the Herald-Sun on Saturday July 29, 2017.

More than 630 residents serve on our towns’ and county’s 71 advisory boards. Advisory board volunteers give their time and knowledge and provide an important service by helping our elected officials and staff make decisions that influence the vibrancy of our community.

According to the Town of Carrboro website, “These volunteers perform a vital role in our community by contributing their time, expertise and talent.... They serve willingly and without compensation. They interpret town codes, they counsel and advise elected officials and they listen to citizen appeals.”

Orange County’s advisory boards “assist the staff of Orange County in achieving a greater understanding of the nature and causes of community issues” and “promote public awareness of contemporary issues Orange County must address to achieve the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ goals and priorities.”

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