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Local Seats Up For Election in 2019: Who’s Running

The terms for Mayor of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough are all up this year, as well as seats on Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Board of Alderpersons, Hillsborough Town Board and Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Carrboro Alderperson Damon Seils, and Hillsborough Board Member Matt Hughes have all announced they will be running for election to their current positions. There are challengers for some of the seats up for election; so far they are Tai Huynh (CHTC), Jeff Charles (CHTC) and Susan Romaine (CBOA). See below for more information on who is up for re-election and what we know so far.

State Constitutional Ammendments

This November there are no Town Council races and for most of the local County Commissioner and legislative races there will be little Republican opposition. However, there are 6 constitutional amendments to vote on. The Republican controlled state legislature passed them and then voted NOT(I need to proof read better) to allow any explanation of them placed on the ballot. Here is an analysis of them. It is a long read. Please click on the link which gives the actual wording of the amendment. Note how simplistic the ballot measure is compared to the actual amendment.

https://medium.com/@Jeff_Jackson/a-close-look-at-the-six-constitutional-amendments-on-your-ballot-43a77714dbfc

Election day turnout 5/8

At 7:15 AM there were 13 voters at Kings Mill and at 8:15AM at North Carrboro (CHHS) there were 32. I was happy to cast my vote for Sally Greene and the new Kings Mill poling place (St. Thomas More parish house.)

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.

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