Forum Open Thread: Chapel Hill Town Council

Welcome to the open thread for tonight's Chapel Hill Town Council candidate forum. There are nine candidates for four seats:

  • George Cianciolo
  • Sally Greene
  • Ed Harrison
  • Gary Kahn
  • Loren Hintz
  • Paul Neebe
  • Maria Palmer
  • Amy Ryan
  • DC Swinton

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Is that all 9 candidates can "talk" at the same time and thus we get to actually hear more from each of them in 2 hours than we would in person.  I'm also glad that all 9 are still actively participating in this process and providing their perspectives.


Kirk's tax question: for any candidate to pledge no increase, guarantee a raise and provide the amount only demonstrates a lack of understanding of the budget process.  Follow me on Twitter @MayorMarkK or on Facebook or


There could be a small raise if the economy improved and there was an increase in revenues. 

The question I would like to ask everyone is this: Part of leadership is knowing when to speak out even though people won’t like what you have to say, and part of it is knowing when to stop talking and listen for a while. How do you know when to do which one? 

no break in future, plus benefits gpknc 


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