Breakfast Club Endorses in Chapel Hill, School Board Races

The Hank Anderson-Bill Thorpe-Yonni Chapman Breakfast Club has issued its endorsements for the Chapel Hill Town Council and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board.

The endorsed candidates are as follows:

Chapel Hill Mayor

  • Mark Kleinschmidt

Chapel Hill Town Council

  • Donna Bell
  • Michael Parker
  • Lee Storrow
  • Jim Ward

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education

  • Joal Hall Broun
  • Rani Dasi
  • Margaret Samuels
  • Theresa Watson

The Breakfast Club was founded in 1976 by the late Hank Anderson, the first African American department head for the Town of Chapel Hill. Anderson led the town's parks and recreation department from 1969 to 1997. He was a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen from 1993 until his death in 1998. Anderson began hosting a Saturday-morning breakfast meeting at Mama Dip’s with local African American and social justice community leaders.
In the early 1990s, the Breakfast Club reconstituted the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP, and Chapel Hill Town Council member Bill Thorpe began the tradition of Breakfast Club endorsements to aid voters in supporting candidates who would consistently advocate for social justice.

Here is the Breakfast Club's press release:

On Behalf of the members of The Hank Anderson, Bill Thorpe, Yonni Chapman Breakfast Club, we are endorsing the following candidates:

Chapel Hill Mayor: Mark Kleinschmidt


Chapel Hill Carrboro Board of Education:
Joal Hall Broun
Rani Dasi
Margaret Samuels
Theresa Watson


Chapel Hill Town Council:
Donna Bell
Michael Parker
Lee Storrow
Jim Ward


We commend to the citizens of Chapel Hill these candidates, who were interviewed and vetted by our membership, and who are committed to working on behalf of the formerly disenfranchised residents to right the wrongs of the past, achieve a greater measure of social justice and educational equity, and make our community and our schools more welcoming, fair and inclusive.


President: Mr. Fred Battle
V. President: Mr. Herman Marrel Foushee


Solid endorsement from people who have lived here for a long time and understand our history and the issues.

Note that Minister Campbell (Chair of the chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, RENA) and David Caldwell (RENA) chose to give their personal endorsements to Pam Hemminger for mayor.


...drilling down is the responsibility of an informed electorate. 


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