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Forum Open Thread 2018: Orange County School Board

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County Board of Education candidate forum happening on April 15, 2018, at 7:00 pm. The candidates are:

  • Hawkeye Aguilar
  • Jessica Aguilar
  • Will Atherton
  • Hillary MacKenzie
  • Sarah Smylie
  • Brenda Stephens

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions or to propose additional discussion topics. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

Forum Open Thread 2018: Orange County Commissioners

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County Board of Commissioners candidate forum happening on April 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Comments on this page are now open. The candidates are:

  • District 1: Jamezetta Bedford
  • District 2: Earl McKee, Tommy McNeill
  • At Large: Brian Crawford, Sally Greene, Noah Oswald

The forum itself is happening here:
https://orangepolitics.org/elections-2018/forums/bocc.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions, or to propose additional discussion topics. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

OP Online Candidate Forums: April 8 & 15

The OrangePolitics online candidate forum for Orange County Commissioners will take place on Sunday April 8th at 7 pm. The candidate forum for Orange County School Board will be held online on Sunday, April 15th at 7:00 pm. Links will be posted here when they become available.

Both forums will consist of real-time communication between moderators and candidates. Visitors are encouraged to watch, but cannot participate in the forum itself, although comments will be welcomed in an open thread.

Our moderator for the school board forum will be Latarndra Strong with the Hate Free Schools Coalition. Kirk Ross will moderate the commissioners' forum.

Suggestions for questions to ask the candidates are welcome and encouraged!

The Sierra Club Endorses Sally Greene for Commissioner

The Orange-Chatham group of the North Carolina Sierra Club is proud to announce the endorsement of Sally Greene for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.  The NC Sierra Club supports candidates with demonstrated knowledge of local environmental issues who will provide strong leadership on matters including conservation, growth, and transportation.

List of All Local 2018 Candidate Forums

We're collecting a list of all 2018 primary forums for local offices. If you see one not on our list, let us know.

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Elections 2018

Primary elections will be held on May 8, 2018, for several county and legislative offices, including the Orange County Board of Commissioners, the Orange County Board of Educationsheriffregister of deeds, and NC Senate and House.

OP Candidate Coming Out Party on February 28, 2018

OrangePolitics will hold our semi-annual Candidate Coming Out Party & Happy Hour on Wednesday, February 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Mystery Brewing in their brewery location (437 Dimmock's Mill Road in Hillsborough).

*Note: We will be at the brewery, not the pub.

Election Information

Three of our county commissioners are up for re-election – one each in District 1, District 2 and At-Large.

Commissioner Mia Burroughs announced that she will not seek reelection next year. Burroughs was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014 after serving on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board. She replaced longtime board member Alice Gordon. Former Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board member Jamezetta Bedford has announced that she will file to run for this seat. Bedford also ran for a District 1 seat in 2016.

Commissioner Barry Jacobs (At-Large) and Commissioner Earl McKee (District 2) have said that they will seek re-election.

OP Candidate Questionnaire: Carrboro Candidates for Mayor

This election year, in addition to the two online forums we held, we have asked the candidates for Carrboro Mayor to complete a brief questionnaire. 

Here's a reminder of who's running:

  • Mayor Lydia Lavelle is seeking her third.
  • Challenger Mike Benson

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