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Carol Woods Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board Candidate Forum


Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 3:00pm


750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Carol Woods Chapel Hill Town Council Candidates' Forum


Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Assembly Hall at Carol Woods Retirement Community, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

CHALT Chapel Hill Town Council/Mayor Candidates' Forum

CHALT, a new, local special-interest PAC, is holding a forum for Chapel Hill Town Council and Mayoral Candidiates.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road

UNC Black & Blue Tour

UNControllables is presenting:

"A crash course in UNC's Black history"
Thursday, September 3rd
4:00PM - UNC Visitors' Center (next to the Planetarium)

The “Black and Blue Tour” provides insight into the history of Black folks on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Using campus landmarks and monuments to ground us, we will uncover the University's past and the ways it is still intimately connected to and impacting the present; from the enslaved men and women who built the first University buildings to brilliant Black women intellectuals who were rejected from Carolina based solely on racism and sexism.

Do you know how many of the 250 campus buildings are named after Black folks? Why is there so much opposition to Silent Sam? Did the University ever own slaves? African-American Studies Professor Robert Porter will touch on these and other questions on the tour.

National attention has been focused on racialized geographies like these in the past year. Take this opportunity to learn about the historical and present realities right under your feet.

For folks who want to keep talking and sharing, we'll find an outdoor location after the tour to debrief and strategize based on what we've learned.

This edition of the Black and Blue tour is organized by the UNControllables as part of Radical Rush Week 2015, Aug 31 - Sept 5th. Find the complete schedule here:


Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 4:00pm


UNC Visitors Center (250 Franklin Street, next to Morehead Planetarium)

Friends of Downtown Candidates Forum

"Starting promptly at 10:00 a.m., we will begin with the challengers (Jessica Anderson, Pam Hemminger, Adam Jones, Gary Kahn, Paul Neebe, Nancy Oates, Michael Parker and David Schwartz), followed by the incumbents (Donna Bell, Lee Storrow and Jim Ward), and then Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. Before answering their first question, each candidate will have two minutes to introduce themselves. After each question, someone from the audience (chosen at the discretion of the Moderator) will ask one follow-up question on the topic. 

If time permits, we will ask a second question of each candidate, in the same order, with an audience follow-up question.

Gatherings of the Friends of the Downtown are free and open to the public, with parking in the hotel gated lots as available. Parking is also available in the Town lots behind Chipotle, next to 411 West, the 140 West Parking Garage and elsewhere downtown. 

We look forward to seeing you on September 24th and to an exciting election season.

Gregg Gerdau

Moderator of the 2015 Candidate Forum"


Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Franklin Hotel

Chamber/Sierra Club/WCHL... CHTC Candidates Forum


Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall

League of Women Voters School Board Forum


Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Chapel Hill Public Library meeting room B

OC Democratic Party/OC Democratic Women School Board Forum


Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Lake Hogan Farms Club House

What We're Reading: August 14

Here's some of what we're reading this week:

OP Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill Town Council

There are nine candidates for Chapel Hill Town Council including three incumbants, Donna Bell, Lee Storrow, and Jim Ward, and six challengers, Jessica Anderson, Adam Jones, Paul Neebe, Nancy Oates, Michael Parker, and David Schwartz.

The moderator will be Lisa Sorg, former editor of The Indy Week.


Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm




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