Elections

News and opinions related to local elections.

election day turnout

Margaret and I just cycled to Kings Mill Precinct polling place. At 9:30 AM we were voters 35 and 36. No one was there passing out campaign literature. Historically this precinct has one of the highest turn out rates. We offered our IDs but it turns out you don't have to show IDs to vote until 2020.

 

2019 CHCCS School Board Election

A neighbor shared some info on the Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board Election.

   1.  Two school board candidates have withdrawn (Tortola and Huerta-Bapat); therefore only five are now running for four seats. 

    2.  Here you can watch informative short video intros for each of them:

https://chapelboro.com/2019-election/chapel-hill-and-carrboro-city-board-of-education-4-seats-2019-election

Chapel HIll elections

So where if anywhere are folks posting about local elections? This fall Orange-Chatham Sierra Club endorsed these candidates for Chapel Hill. Mayor: Pam Hemminger and Town Council at-Large: Sue Hunter, Tai Huynh, Michael Parker, Amy Ryan. Pam Hemminger is the incumbent running for reelection. She has worked on a number of environmental Issues. Michael Parker is an incumbent. I frequently saw him at the Moral Mondays marches in Raleigh. Amy Ryan has served on a number of town boards. Sue Hunter has been an advocate against domestic violence. Tai Huynh is a student at UNC and owner of a small startup in Chapel Hill.

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

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