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Candidate Filing Open Thread

The candidate filing period for the 2017 local elections began on Friday, July 7th, and will end at noon on Friday, July 21st. Here's what's in store for this year's elections.

2017 OP Candidate Coming Out Party

Join us for OP's annual Candidate Coming Out Party to meet your candidates on the final day of filing for the following boards:

  • Carrboro Board of Alderpersons and mayor
  • Chapel Hill Town Council and mayor
  • Hillsborough Town Board and mayor
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education

Join us as we kick off the start of election season by meeting and engaging with constituents, journalists, and candidates. We will take a few minutes during the party to acknowledge the candidates in attendance.

This is a great way to find out who is running and ask them why. 

RSVP on Facebook.

Date: 

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Tyler's Taproom & Speakeasy front room (102 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510)

Candidates

Elections 2017

Local elections will be held on November 7, 2017, 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.

Carrboro Board of Alderperson meeting: FoodFirst + Pump Tracks & more!

The Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 Carrboro Board of Alderpersons meeting was live tweeted. Below is the storify of all related tweets.

Spoilers:

1. Alderperson Michelle Johnson got a great send off complete with a proclamation, her very own street sign, star sunglasses, and tiaras.

2. The CBOA and town staff will continue to talk about MLK Park and the installation of one or two bike pump tracks.

3. IFC's rezoning permit for FoodFirst was unanimously approved!

Three problems transit-oriented development can help solve in Chapel Hill

The May 2017 column in the Chapel Hill News by Matt Bailey and OrangePolitics Editors Jason Baker and Molly De Marco explores how transit-oriented development can address the affordable housing crisis in our community. What are your thoughts? Read the column below:

 

 

 

 

 

Three of the biggest challenges facing Chapel Hill are providing affordable housing for people of modest incomes, bringing back tax-paying private-sector employers, and reducing the high cost of providing local government services that has resulted from policies encouraging suburban sprawl.

Transit-oriented development is a proven way to address all three of these challenges.

Chapel Hill has open data - Now what?

The latest column published in the Chapel Hill News by OrangePolitics editors Jason Baker and Molly De Marco plus Josh Mayo asks: "Now that Chapel Hill is providing access to their data, what are we going to do with it?" Read more here and share your thoughts below:

On Jan. 14, Chapel Hill’s town staff held an event at the public library to introduce the town’s new open data portal to the community, and gather feedback about where to take it going forward.

If you haven’t yet seen the portal, we encourage you to visit www.chapelhillopendata.org. Launched last summer, the portal is a platform for sharing the data the town collects and manages so that citizens can use this information, that is essentially ours in the first place, to help make our community a better place.

Are Mobile Homes Affordable Housing We Want to Promote?

The latest column in the Chapel Hill News by OrangePolitics Editor Molly De Marco asks whether mobile homes should be a part of the affordable housing solution in Orange County. What do you think? Read the column below:

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Are mobile homes the (partial) answer to affordable housing in Orange County? Or maybe a better question, should mobile homes be part of the affordable-housing solution in our communities?

The Freedom to Bike and Walk

A new column in the Chapel Hill News by OP Editors Molly De Marco and Travis Crayton and Seth LaJeunesse calls for improved bike and pedestrian infrastructure that prioritizes people over cars. Read the column below:

 

Bike lane on Rosemary Street

Recently, each of us has had opportunities to travel to other cities and get a feel for how people move through different environments to get from place to place. All of us recently used Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., and one of us also used bikeshare programs in New York City and Denver.

Through these experiences, one thing became clear: You learn more about traffic and safety from a bicycle seat – or as a pedestrian, for that matter – than you do from the seat of a car.

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