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Early Voting Information for March 3, 2020 Primary

Here are the days/times for Early Voting

Thursday – Friday, February 13 – 14 8 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 15 8 am – 3 pm

Sunday, February 16 12 pm – 4 pm

Monday – Friday, February 17 – 21 8 am – 7:30 pm

Monday – Friday, February 24 – 28 8 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 29 8 am – 3 pm

 

Voting Locations

Board of Elections office 208 S Cameron St, Hillsborough

Carrboro Town Hall 301 W Main St, Carrboro

Chapel of the Cross 304 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill

Efland Ruritan Club 3009 Forrest Ave, Efland

Seymour Senior Center 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill University Place, D14 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill

List of Candidate Forums for March 2020 Election

Below is a regularly updated compilation of Candidate Forums for candidates running for Orange County Commissioner, District Judge and Orange County School Board.

*We will add new forums and details as they emerge. If you have corrections, updates, and new forums to share, please post in the comments below and we'll update this post.

February 3           Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools PTA Council Commissioners Candidate Forum, 7:00 pm to 8:30                                    pm at Chapel Hill Town Hall 

February 5           Democratic Women of Orange County 'Date with a Candidate' (County Commissioner, District                                            Judge),  6:30 pm at the Seymour Center

Elections 2020

Primary elections are scheduled for March 3, 2020, for several county and legislative offices, including the Orange County Board of Commissioners, the Orange County Board of Education, and NC Senate and House.

Orange County Board of Commissioners

For the Orange County Board of Commissioners, an at-large seat, two District 1 seats, and a District 2 seat are up for election.

List of 2019 Candidate Forums

Below is a regularly updated compilation of Candidate Forums for candidates running for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board, Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Chapel Hill Town Council and Hillsborough Town Board.

*We will add new forums and details as they emerge. If you have corrections, updates, and new forums to share, please post in the comments below and we'll update this post.

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education Forums

September 4    8:00 am     Chamber of Commerce Coffee with the Candidates, Sienna Hotel

September 28  2:00 pm    Chinese School at Chapel Hill, Candidates Forum, Smith Middle School

October 8         3:00 pm     Carol Woods Forum, Carol Woods Assembly Hall

October 10       7:00 pm     Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP & PTA Council, Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chambers

October 13       10:45 am    First Baptist Church Municipal + School Board Meet & Greet during/after church service

October 19         8:30 am     Meadowmont Brunch Bunch Meet the Candidate Open House, Cafe Carolina

 

Town of Carrboro

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.

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