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Local Seats Up For Election in 2019: Who’s Running

The terms for Mayor of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough are all up this year, as well as seats on Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Hillsborough Town Board and Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Carrboro Alderperson Damon Seils, and Hillsborough Board Member Matt Hughes have all announced they will be running for election to their current positions. There are challengers for some of the seats up for election; so far they are Tai Huynh (CHTC), Jeff Charles (CHTC) and Susan Romaine (CBOA). See below for more information on who is up for re-election and what we know so far.

Chapel Hill's Community Connections Strategy

Chapel Hill's Town Council will be discussing a new community outreach and engagement plan on Wednesday evening. Their goal is to "create a vibrant and inclusive community by enriching the lives of those who work, live and visit Chapel Hill by building community and creating a place for everyone". They are taking a three-pronged approach through racial equity, human-centered design, and community engagement. 
 
Here is your opportunity to review their strategy before it is discussed at the Chapel Hill Town Council meeting. What do you think of their plan and ideas? How would you make it better knowing your community's needs and potential?
 

Alderman Bethany Chaney to Step Down at End of Term on Carrboro Board

Carrboro Alderman Bethany Chaney has announced she will not seek reelection in November 2019. Elected first in a 2014 special election and again in 2015, at the end of her term Chaney will have served five and a half years as Alderman and three as a member of the Carrboro Planning Board, including nearly two as chair.

In Twitter thread, Carrboro Mayor Pro Tem spells out what we must do to combat climate change

Percent Growth in Vehicle Miles Traveled by County

OrangePolitics Emeritus Editor and Carrboro Mayor Pro Tem Damon Seils wrote the following thread on Twitter on January 13, 2019. We have curated the thread below, which calls attention to what we must do in our communities to combat climate change. It's an important read.

Sunrise Habitat for Humanity-Carol Woods Development Brings Needed Housing

The following overview was written by Jennifer Player, new Director of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to share key features of this exciting new project proposed for Chapel Hill to provides essential permanent affordble housing and more senior housing.

More than a year ago, two local nonprofits with a combined 70 years of service to Chapel Hill, began discussing a potential development partnership. As a result of those conversations, Carol Woods and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County developed a shared vision to create a vibrant, mixed income, intergenerational community off of Sunrise Road in Chapel Hill.

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