August 2017

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.”

Karen Stegman - Candidate Statement


The Chapel Hill I know is progressive, welcoming, and proud of its history as a state leader in environmental protection, civil rights, and social justice. I decided to run to help chart a course for Chapel Hill that is forward-thinking while staying true to those roots. I have been engaged professionally and personally in strong leadership roles on the local level through the Town Public Housing Advisory Board, the Orange County Family Resource Centers, the Ephesus Elementary School Improvement Team, the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program, and PORCH. I have participated in advocacy and volunteer efforts on issues of importance on the local, state, and national levels such as voter registration and election protection, racial and ethnic equity, LGBTQ issues, Moral Mondays, and the Women’s March. I am also a member of the local branch of the NAACP.



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