Herrera's New Family

Congratulations to Carrboro Alderman John Herrera on his recent remarriage.  (A beautiful wedding ceremony it was, too!) John's new blended family has six (!) children and I received the news this afternoon that his new family is making a new home in Holly Springs, which necessitates his resignation from the Board of Aldermen.

I want to say that although I will miss having John on the board (and in Carrboro), I know he is doing the best thing for his family and I wish him all the best.  I am also confident that John will remain a leader in North Carolina and I look forward to hearing what he is up to next.  Congratulations and thanks for your service, John.

Here's the email he sent the BOA:

Dear Mayor, Colleagues and staff:
It is with mixed feelings that I am writing this short note to notify you that I am submitting my resignation to the Board of Alderman of Carrboro.  Due to my new change of residence outside of the city limits. I just bought a house in Holly Springs, NC and I am in the process of moving.
It has been a pleasure and an honor to have work with you and served this beautiful town a an Alderman and Mayor Pro-Term.  The appreciation for community diversity and the progressive community values that Carrboro has, it is what makes us unique from most towns in North Carolina and in the United States.  I am very proud and grateful for the opportunity that Carrboro granted me to be a public servant.  I will continue following the new developments of Carrboro and will continue to pray that the Creator always grant you wisdom and knowledge to continue to lead and serve this great community of Carrboro.
My most sincere greetings to all of you.  If I can be of help in any capacity and I am able to help, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Please let me know if there is an official protocol that I need to follow to do this. I will like to have had the chance to thank in a public meeting all the people of Carrboro for this unique opportunity.
John A. Herrera
my new address is:
312 Apple Drupe Way
Holly Springs, NC 27540



BTW John's seat was already coming vacant in this fall's election, so this does not have the kind of impact that Bill Strom's resignation in Chapel Hill does. 

But this does impact possible contenders for Sen. Kinnaird's seat upon her retirement, doesn't it?That's parlor games for now though.  In the meantime, I am very sorry to be losing one of the state's only Latino elected officials.  We've been lucky to have John for so long. 

We are so lucky to have had John's leadership in our area for so long.

Wish him the best and will miss him.

This had slipped by me in the August 31 Carrboro Citizen:

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen has decided to leave John Herrera’s
vacant aldermen seat open until the November election. The decision was
made Tuesday night at Town Hall during the board’s first meeting since
its summer break.The board is required by law to appoint a new member, but there is
no specific time limit provided. As a compromise, Mayor Mark Chilton
proposed the board immediately seat the highest non-incumbent
vote-getter in November’s Aldermen election.



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