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

Alderperson Bethany Chaney, who has served Carrboro for five years, has announced that she will not seek re-election in November 2019. Below is her press release.

 

Alderman Bethany Chaney to Step Down at End of Term Carrboro, NC.

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.

 “It has been a privilege and a joy to serve Carrboro for more than eight years in elected and volunteer capacities,” said Chaney. “I turned fifty this year and have been seriously reflecting on what my next decade should look like. In as much as I love public service, I believe it’s time for me to make room for new personal and professional opportunities.” High on her list are more Tuesday night shows at the Cradle (“Seriously,” she said) and a greater ability to travel for work and personal growth.

“I absolutely will stay fully engaged in Town business until the end of my term, and I look forward to seeing new leadership stand for election in November,” she said. “There are so many exciting things happening in Carrboro, including plans for the Southern Branch of the Orange County Library, a comprehensive planning process, and an intentional focus on the role of local government in advancing racial equity. I am confident we’ll see lots of interest in the 2019 municipal election.”

During her tenure Chaney has been particularly instrumental in strengthening the Town’s affordable housing strategies and investments. She serves as an officer of the Triangle J Council of Governments Board of Delegates; as a member of the Chapel Hill Transit Partners Committee, the Orange County Local Government Affordable Housing Collaborative, and the Board of Community Home Trust; and as the Board liaison to the Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee. Outside the board room, Chaney offers strategic, program, and business planning services to non-profit organizations with a focus on community economic development. A graduate of Chapel Hill High School (’86) and UNC-Chapel Hill (’90), she has made Carrboro her home since 2004.

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