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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.

This Week in Orange Politics: December 7 - 13

As the holiday season sets in, many of Orange County's public bodies are taking a break. This week, only the county commissioners are meeting. They'll be electing their chair and vice chair later today. All of the other boards are off this week.

Elections 2016

On March 15th, the following elections were held:

  • Primary elections:
    • NC Senate District 23
    • NC House District 50
    • NC House District 56
    • Orange County Board of Commissioners
  • General elections:
    • Orange County Schools Board of Education

 

Open Thread for the 2016 Filing Period

The filing period begins today for the 2016 elections. The General Assembly recently moved the state's primary elections up to March 15—an early holiday gift for local politics geeks, perhaps an annoyance for others. So, what's on the line for Orange County in the March elections?

This Week in Orange Politics: November 30-December 6

A new month will bring new and newly re-elected officials to Carrboro and Chapel Hill, and on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board. In addition to the swearing in of new members, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board will consider approving new courses, while the Hillsborough Town Board considers rezoning more than 1,300 acres south od downtown near the intersection of I-85 and N.C. 86.

As we welcome new elected officials, the process will also being for selecting new members for the county commission. Candidate filing opens Tuesday.

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CHAPEL HILL TOWN COUNCIL

This Week in Orange Politics: November 23-29

Though it's a short week for the holiday this week, three of Orange County's elected boards will be meeting. Both the Chapel Hill Town Council and the county commissioners will discuss several land use ordinance amendments, and the Carrboro alderfolks will receive updates on policing and the Lloyd property development.

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

CHAPEL HILL TOWN COUNCIL

This Week in Orange Politics: November 16 - 22

With the elections behind us, Orange County's boards and commissions are getting back to work. The Carrboro Alderpersons' meeting may shape up to be an exciting one, with some in the business community requesting more information from the IFC about it's planned Food First Community Kitchen. The Chapel Hill Town Council will review several concepts and hold public hearings on changes to the LUMO and a special use permit, while the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board will discuss how to use its assigned reserve funds. The county commissions will talk living wage and consider entering into a new interlocal agreement for "Launch Chapel Hill"

Both the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners and the county school board are on break this week. The Assembly of Governments meeting originally scheduled for November 19 has been cancelled.

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

This Week in Orange Politics: November 9-15, 2015

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board is the only board that will not meet this week. The Carrboro Board of Alderpersons will hold a work session on several items. The Chapel Hill Town Council will discuss financing of various public improvement projects. The Orange County School Board will discuss the process for filling the vacancy left by Lawrence Sanders, who resigned from the Board last month to pursue a job opportunity.

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