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OP-NEXT Candidate Coming Out Party on July 19th, 2019

OrangePolitics is teaming up with NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro this year to hold our semi-annual Candidate Coming Out Party & Happy Hour.

The event will be on the last day of filing, Friday, July 19th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at The Station, Carrboro (201 East Main Street in Carrboro).

Catering will be from Venable Bistro. The Station is creating a special cocktail for us. Tip your bartender!

Election Information

Here's what we know about Who's Running so far.

Here's the November 2019 Elections Schedule.

Carrboro

In Carrboro, the mayor and 4 alderperson seats are up for election.

  • Voters will elect a mayor to serve a 2-year term for the seat currently held by incumbent Lydia Lavelle.
  • Voters will elect 3 alderpersons to 4-year terms.

Chapel Hill

November 2019 Election Schedule

Hey local politics junkies! The November 5, 2019 Election Schedule is posted! Find it here.

The filing period for Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Chapel Hill Town Council, Hillsborough Town Board and the Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board is from Friday July 5th at noon until Friday, July 19th at noon.

Check out our post, Local Seats Up for Election in 2019: Who's Running, for information on how many seats are at play and who has already announced her/his candidacy.

Stay tuned for information on our Candidate Coming Out Party & Happy Hour.

Elections 2019

Local elections will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, the Chapel Hill Town Council, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.

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.

Our Orange County Transit Plan tax dollars at work (more service, more buses!)

Since Orange County passed our transit plan in 2013, Chapel Hill Transit has been able to add more service and significantly address the need to replace existing buses. GoTriangle and Orange Public Transportation have also been able to add service and vehicles, but we are focusing on CHT here.

To highlight the new service we just got this past August 2018:

  • CW Route extension of it's peak evening service
  • D Route extension of it's peak evening service
  • All routes with existing Saturday service had that service extended from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Service
The table below summarizes the increased service since 2013. This represents around 10,585 new annual hours of service.*

What’s Coming up for Fall 2018

We've compiled issues of interest coming before or at play in each of our municipalities and the county this Fall, which we’ll be following. Here goes:

Carrboro

The Carrboro Board of Alderpersons gets back to regular work with a meeting on September 4, 2018. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on their horizon:

  • Public hearing on Weaver Street Market renovations
  • Report on NC 54 West Corridor Study
  • Update on the 203 South Greensboro project (Southern Branch Library)
  • Public hearing on Lloyd Property conditional rezoning (it’s back!)
  • Update on the Old 86 commercial development concept

Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Town Council re-convenes on September 5, 2018. Here’s what we and they have to look forward to this fall:

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