Commentary, quick thoughts, and reactions from the OrangePolitics editors.

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

Endorsements Roundup 2017

Organizational endorsements are rolling in, and early voting will begin soon. The spreadsheet below provides a summary of this year's endorsements. (We'll add others as they are announced.) Now it's time for the most important endorsements: yours!

Sierra Club Announces Chapel Hill, Carrboro Endorsements

Press releases containing the following endorsements were received this afternoon:

Chapel Hill Mayor: Pam Hemminger
Chapel Hill Town Council: Allen Buansi, Ed Harrison, and Karen Stegman
Carrboro Mayor: Lydia Lavelle
Carrboro Board of  Aldermen: Barbara Foushee, Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell, and Sammy Slade

Forum Open Thread 2017: CHCCS Board of Education

Welcome to the open thread for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education candidate forum happening on October 8, 2017 at 7pm. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are seven candidates running for four seats. There are three normal seats with four-year terms; the fourth-place finisher will fill the remainder of Annetta Streater's unexpired term.

  • James Barrett
  • Joal Hall Broun
  • Ryan Brummond
  • Calvin Deutschbein
  • Amy Fowler
  • Kim Talikoff
  • Mary Ann Wolf

The link to observe will appear on the homepage just prior to the start of the forum. UNC Law Professor Barbara Fedders will join us as our moderator to ask the probing questions. Don't miss it.

Forum Open Thread 2017: Chapel Hill Town Council

Welcome to the open thread for the Chapel Hill Town Council candidate forum happening on October 1, 2017 at 7pm. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are seven candidates running for four seats:

  • Allen Buansi
  • Hongbin Gu
  • Ed Harrison
  • Maria T. Palmer
  • Rachel Schaevitz
  • Carl Schuler
  • Karen Stegman

The link to observe will appear on the homepage just prior to the start of the forum.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via TwitterFacebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

OrangePolitics 2017 Online Forum Information

Due to time and capacity constraints, we will only be holding two online candidate forums this election cycle:

  • Sunday, October 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for the Chapel Hill Town Council candidates. Chris Brook, Legal Director with the NC ACLU, will be moderating.
  • Sunday, October 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board candidates. Barbara Fedders, UNC School of Law Professor, will be moderating.

We will be submitting candidate questionnaires to the candidates for Mayor of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. We will post all answers on this site prior to the start of early voting on October 19th.

We are asking our readers to suggest questions for any of the races. Please share your ideas below in the comments or via Twitter or Facebook.

List of all 2017 Candidate Forums

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

*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

Sept 23             Forum Sponsored by Booker Creek, Cedar Falls, Coker Hills and Eastside precincts 3:30pm – 5:30pm at                              the Chapel Hill Public Library

Sept 27             Orange County Democratic Party and Democratic Women of Orange County Forum 6:30pm at OWASA

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)

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