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The Candidates Respond: Why Are People Poor?

We asked the nine candidates for Orange County Board of Commissioners to answer five questions, and all provided responses. On each the next five Mondays, we will post the responses to one question. We begin today with the first question: Why are people poor? What tools or programs is the county using and/or should the county use to address poverty?

Candidate Forum: County Commissioners (Democratic Party and Democratic Women)

This forum is for candidates for the District 2 and at-large seats.

Date: 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Orange County Public Library, 137 W Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

Candidate Forum: County Commissioners (Democratic Party and Democratic Women)

This forum is for candidates for the District 1 and at-large seats.

Date: 

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Lake Hogan Farms Clubhouse, 101 Commons Way, Carrboro

Candidate Forum: County Commissioners (Chapel Hill-Carrboro PTA Council)

Date: 

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: 

Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Chapel Hill

Candidate Forum: County Commissioners (Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP)

Date: 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

OWASA Community Room, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro

OP Candidate Questionnaire: Orange County Board of Education

As with the county commissioner election, we're also doing things differently for this year's Orange County Board of Education election. Instead of holding our usual live online candidate forums, we have asked the candidates to complete a brief questionnaire.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Announces Process for School Board Vacancy

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools today announced the process for filling the vacancy on the Board of Education resulting from the resignation of Michelle Brownstein.

So far, we've heard only that 2015 school board candidate and former Carrboro alderperson Joal Hall Broun intends to apply for the vacancy.

North Carolina statute requires the vacancy to be filled by appointment by the remaining members of the board until the next election of board members. Applications for the vacancy are due in the superintendent's office by noon on February 5th. The school board will interview candidates on February 11th and make the appointment on February 18th.

OP Candidate Questionnaire: Orange County Board of Commissioners

This election year, we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of holding our usual live online candidate forums, we have asked the candidates for the Orange County Board of Commissioners to complete a brief questionnaire.

No, 7pm Work Sessions Aren't Better for the Public

Last week, the Town of Chapel Hill sent out an email announcing that Town Council work sessions will now start at 7pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Work sessions previously began an hour earlier than regular meetings of the Town Council, starting at 6pm. Tonight’s work session will be the first to start at the new time.

Mayor Pam Hemminger seems to be the driving force behind the change in start time. She touted the change as one of her early priorities in an interview with WCHL’s Aaron Keck back in December. The reason given for the change by Mayor Hemminger was to make the meeting times more consistent, less confusing, and more accessible to town residents.

This Week in Orange Politics: December 14-20

Both of our school boards meet this week, as does the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, which will swear in new board members on Monday evening.

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