Movie time

One of the most amusing treats of the election season is the News & Observer annual candidate guide, which asks the important question: What's your favorite movie?

Here are each candidate's selections:

Chapel Hill Mayor
· Kevin Foy: none listed
· Kevin Wolff: didn't respond

Chapel Hill Town Council
· Bill Thorpe: Ray
· Ed Harrison: none listed
· Jason Baker: American: Beauty
· Laurin Easthom: The English Patient
· Mark Kleinschmidt: Brazil, Lord of the Rings, All About Eve
· Robin Cutson: Dancer in the Dark starring Bjork
· Will Raymond: Lilies of the Field

Carrboro Mayor
· Alex Zaffron: Schindler's List
· Mark Chilton: Matewan

Carrboro Board of Aldermen
· Catherine Devine: Life Is Beautiful
· David Marshall: Casablanca
· Jacquelyn Gist: The Sound of Music
· John Herrera: Danny Deckchair
· Katrina Ryan: Lawrence of Arabia
· Randee Haven-O'Donnell: Casablanca

Hillsborough Mayor
· Joe Phelps: Forrest Gump
· Tom Stevens: Wizard of Oz

Hillsborough Town Board
· Frances Dancy: N/A
· Mike Gering: Fargo
· Paul Newton: Battlestar Galactica 2003

Chapel Hill - Carrboro School Board
· Jean Hamilton: The Sound of Music
· Jeff Danner: The Shawshank Redemption
· Lisa Stuckey: Enchanted April
· Pam Hemminger: Original Star Wars

It's interesting that both Casablanca and The Sound of Music both made more than one list.



It's amazing to me that "Danny Deckchair" made it on the list. I just saw it via Netflix and found pretty enjoyable.

I wish the DTH had published the answers to its questionaire. It was na interesting challenge ascertaining the political implications of "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be ?"

As I answered to the DTH:

I would be a dogwood – I'm a North Carolinian to the core. Really, I'd be happy as anything but a tulip poplar or pine tree; rapid growth isn't my thing.

Of course, people might read into that: 1) I don't like the Davie Poplar, and therefore would be anti-UNC or; 2) I don't like the state tree, only the state flower, so they should question my commitment to North Carolina. Neither would have any merit. As long as I'm not a Bradford Pear... :)

This was my submission to DTH's survey:

The basics:

David Marshall


Morgane St.Claire Marshall, 8

Student, UNC School of Law (JD) and Duke University (MPP); Soldier, NC Army National Guard

Work on board, committees or civic organizations:
Military veteran of 22 years of service (US Army; US Army Reserves; NC Air National Guard; Army National Guard); Member, South Orange Rescue Squad; American Red Cross Language Bank, Asheville, NC; Jubilee! for Ministry to Homeless.

Asheville, NC

Freshwater fish, various colors, blissfully unaware of their captivity, about a dozen of them in a thirty-five gallon aquarium.

The fun stuff:

Favorite Movie:

Album that you listen to for inspiration:
Songbird by Eva Cassidy.

One influential political leader or figure (living or deceased) who you'd like to meet and why?:
Abraham Lincoln. I would like to meet him to get clues as to his leadership style; his rhetorical elocution and delivery; and, the basis for his morality and how that morality manifests itself in his personal life. Basically I would like to get into the man's head so that I could be more like him.

TV or movie character that you can most relate to (who it is and what they are from):
Kiefer Sutherland in 24, or his dad, Donald Sutherland, in The Eagle has Landed.

Hobbies (what do you like to do most outside of your career and political role):
Flying, Scuba Diving, and Skydiving.

Favorite restaurant in the area:
Elmo's at Carr Mill

Biggest pet peeve:
Rude people.

If you could be a tree, what kind would you be?
A Red Bud in the Spring; A Cedar in the Winter; A White Oak in the Summer; and, a Sugar Maple in the Fall.

Favorite Quote:
"We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within." --Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man

Where were you the night UNC won the National Championship?:
I was with my daughter watching the game on TV. After the game, we dashed to Franklin Street. I put her on my shoulders and carried her around. We witnessed some natives dancing around a fire, sometimes jumping over the fire, in a victory ritual that I could not explain and one that my daughter to this day poorly understands.

Anything else you'd like to tell us?: Three things I've never told anyone, but people should know.

1) Every once in a while I go to the mountains of western North Carolina and make camp alone. On the end of the second day, just before twilight, a primal scream releases from some suppressed part of me, and nature answers with a knowing silence.

2) Love, compassion, service, duty, charity, love, and forgiveness are the true virtues of a Christian.

3) I spend an inordinate amount of time seeking self-awareness.

Glad you enjoyed the surveys, we certainly had a blast reading them. We did end up publishing select responses.

Unfortunately, the tree question got the axe.

The responses we published, along with a description of when and why they were published is available at


I just found out that Kevin Wolf's favorite movie is "The Invisible Man" and his most resepected person is "Deep Throat". Or was it the other way around?

Okay here's mine:

2005 Municipal Elections: Candidate Surveys

The basics:
Name: Katrina Ryan
Age: 38
Family: (names and ages of children, if applicable) Husband-Randolph, Stepdaughters Lara 28, and Courtney 20

Job: Partner, Ryan and Associates (consulting company)

Work on board, committees or civic organizations: Chair, Texas Abortion Access project – Treasurer - Orange County Democratic Women, Member- ACLU, Fundraising chair- Turn22Blue ( A PAC to defeat Tom Delay)

Hometown (prior to coming to the Orange County area):
Big Spring, Texas

Pets: (species, breed and name and any interesting story about how the name was acquired) I have a cat named Fred. I have had him since college. He's a male calico, and his coat looks like Fred Flintstone's. He's from a pound. My dog, Barney, picked him out.

The fun stuff:

Favorite Movie: Wag the Dog

Album that you listen to for inspiration:
Albums are so last millennium. My Ipod has lots of Retro – Dire Straits, Talking Heads et al.

One influential political leader or figure (living or deceased) who you'd like to meet and why?
Winston Churchill – Besides being a brilliant orator and connoisseur of Champagne, he was perhaps the most courageous leader of the modern age

TV or movie character that you can most relate to (who it is and what they are from):
Tracy Flick (the Reece Witherspoon character) in Election- would you like a cupcake ?

Hobbies (what do you like to do most outside of your career and political role):
I'm a gourmet cook and wine enthusiast, a gardener (we have over 200 different roses and 40 types of heirloom tomatoes) I love to travel, especially in Europe

Favorite restaurant in the area: La Residence

Biggest pet peeve: bad manners and bad drivers

If you could be a tree, what kind would you be?
I had trouble with this one, so I googled it. And guess what, with my birthday, apparently I'm an Elm tree which means I have a pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical. (I can live with that)
Favorite Quote:
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die. – Daniel Burnham, Chicago Architect

Where were you the night UNC won the National Championship?
My husband and I had a game party at our house for about 50 friends and then everyone went to Franklin Street


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