October 2011

Doing it the Hard Way

Blogger Nancy Oates recently raised some questions about my fundraising. I wrote her this open letter in response.

Clearing the Air

I wanted to take the opportunity to address some of the questions raised by members of the Orange Politics community about my 35-day finance report, in particular my use of aggregated individual contributions to list my donors under $28.I didn’t expect that this decision would cause such questioning, but after further reflection I’ve decided to let folks know where my donations are from. At the bottom of this post is a link to a Google document that lists the names, occupations, and addresses of the 79 below-$28 contributions. Some of our donors, because of their position or relationship to other candidates, donated with the understanding that their information was not required to be disclosed. I’ll respect the wishes of my donors and will only be releasing zip codes for a select few names. I hope this puts concerns about my finance report to rest.I would add that as a young candidate I haven’t had the same time to build relationships with Chapel Hill donors that other candidates have, and I have fortunately received support from people outside of our town as well.

Filling vacancies: school board, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro

Up til 1955 the CH Town Council filled vacancies on the school board, then it went to elections to fill vacancies, but the local acts were unclear how to deal with this. The general law just said refer to the local act. In 1973 there was a 2 year vacancy and the Board of Elections put it on the ballot as a separate election. The powers that be did not like this, and the school board asked the legislature to change this so the low vote-getting winner got a shorter term. The legislature did this in 1974, then did it again in in 1975.

Chapel Hill is occupied... kinda

#occupyCHC is in full swing at Chapel Hill's Peace & Justice Plaza. I spent about 6 hours downtown yesterday participating in the kick-off of Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro (a.k.a. #occupyCHC). It was a great event with well over 100 people participating. I'm sure there would have been way more if not for the football traffic and parking situation.

At at 2:30 we held a very participatory consensus-based meeting called the General Assembly. This is part of the extensive organizational structure including organized working groups and decision-making processes developed at Occupy Wall Street in New York (a month old tomorrow!) and passed along to the massive diaspora of occupations including "over 1,500 cities globally and over 100 US cities." For now General Assemblies are scheduled for 6pm daily at Peace & Justice Plaza, although this could change.

Justice United Fall Delegates Assembly

According to Facebook:

Gathering starts at 6:00PM,
Meeting 6:30 to 8:00
We start and end on time.

More than 150 delegates of Justice United will meet with candidates for elected office and decision makers. Justice United leaders will discuss the specifics of the Justice United Action Agenda for the Common Good which was developed with the input of more than 1,000 residents of Orange County.

For more information, contact Stephanie Perry at 919-403-7082 or the Justice United office at 919-403-7082.


Monday, October 24, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Friends and Family Hall, Saint Thomas More Catholic Church 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill

Forum Open Thread: Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Happy Monday evening, everyone. This is the open thread for conversation about the live Carrboro Board of Aldermen candidate forum. Post your thoughts and reactions here. You can also reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page.

School board forum at Chinese School of Chapel Hill

There will be total 4 candidates attending (J. Barrett, M.
Barroughs, K. Castellano and M. Kelly). Each will be allowed to speak
for up to 8 minutes. Q&A will follow. Some social time will be allowed
at end. Forum will end by 6:00 PM. Principal of Chinese School of
Chapel Hill, Ms. Gu, will be the moderator.


Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm


room 624 of McDougle Middle School (900 Old Fayetteville Road)



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