On Your Mark, Get Set, Go

The candidates are known, and the races are starting to get under way.  Campaign signs are starting to spring up around the county faster than the daffodils.  And I know of at least three (edit: five) forums which are currently scheduled which I have added to the OP Calendar (a disclosure, I'm moderating the first one on the list). What else is going on in the local primary races so far this year, and what else are you doing to find out about the candidates?

Sierra Club
County Commissioner Candidates
March 24, 7pm
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 MLK Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill

Orange County Democratic Women
County Commissioner and Sheriff Candidates
March 25, 7:30pm
OWASA Building, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro

Northern Orange Black Voters Alliance
April 7
Candidates for Sheriff 6-7pm
Candidates for Commissioner 7-8pm
Candidates for School Board 8-9:15pm

Old Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough

Hillsborough Orange County Chamber / News of Orange County
Board of Education Candidates
April 14, 7 pm

Cedar Ridge High School

Hillsborough Chamber Government Affairs Committee
County Commissioner, State Senate, District 50 House of Representatives and Sheriff
April 15, 7 pm

Leland Little's Auction House, Hillsborough




The Orange County Special Educator PTA is holding a forum for Orange County Schools Board of Education members April 22 at 6 p.m. at Hillsborough Elementary School. I'll be moderating that one.Here's SEPTA's Web site: www.orangencsepta.org Vanessa Shortley / News of Orange

I received the following press release about another Orange County Candidate's forum:NAACP to Sponsor Orange County Candidates Forum in ChapelHill[March 17, 2010-Chapel Hill, NC] The Chapel Hill-Carrborobranch of the NAACP will sponsor an open forum for Orange County candidatesrunning in the May 4 primary election for Commissioner and Sheriff. The forumwill be held in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.All candidates are invited toshare their views on a variety of quality of life issues from education and economicdevelopment to law enforcement initiatives.Carrboro Alderman Joal Hall Broun and former HillsboroughMayor Joe Phelps will challenge incumbent Barry Jacobs for an at-large CountyCommissioner seat. Hillsborough Police Chief Clarence Birkhead will challengeincumbent Lindy Pendergrass for Sheriff.TheForum is free and open to the public. 

from http://ptacouncil.com
APRIL 14, 2010

PTA Council and League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for
candidates for the Orange County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday,
April 14, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m. The forum will be held in the council
chambers of Chapel Hill's Town Hall, and will be televised live on
government access Time Warner channel 18. The forum will also be taped
and available for viewing here.

of the seven candidates have agreed to attend: Joal Hall Broun, Alice
Gordon, Barry Jacobs, Earl McKee, Joe Phelps and Renee Price. 

another difficult budget year, parents are especially concerned about
the impact on schools. This forum, coming the night before early voting
begins, will thus be especially timely, given that almost half of the
schools' money is allocated by the county commissioners.


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