FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
CARRBORO, NC — Damon Seils, member and former chair of the Carrboro Planning Board, will seek election to the Board of Aldermen pending the departure of Alderman Dan Coleman. Coleman is expected to resign from the board at the end of the year. Although the timing of the special election to fill Coleman’s seat remains undecided, the election may occur as soon as March.
“I have enjoyed weighing in on important decisions facing the community, while getting to know many people along the way. I am ready to bring my experience and energy to the Board of Aldermen,” Seils said.
Bethany Chaney, current chair of the Planning Board, said Seils “will add considerable depth, skill, and leadership” to the town’s governing body. “Damon cares deeply about aligning the town’s policies and practices with real and measurable goals that represent the community’s vision for equal access, sustainable development, and an inclusive economy,” said Chaney.
Seils was twice elected chair of the Planning Board and currently serves as its first vice-chair. He also serves on the town’s Greenways Commission. He previously chaired the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
“I am always impressed by the way Damon is able to focus and shape our responses to difficult development proposals,” said board member and former chair Matthew Barton. “He has good attention to detail and to the big picture.”
“I have seen first-hand Damon’s work on the Planning Board,” said longtime Carrboro resident Anissa McLendon, who recently organized neighbors on Alabama Avenue. “He was fair, very professional, and a great listener. I feel [he] will carry these attributes to the Board of Aldermen.”
If elected, Seils hopes to represent the town in implementing new local and regional transportation services with revenues from the county’s recently approved transit referendum. He also hopes to explore small area plans for parts of town that are likely to be targeted for redevelopment, and he will contribute his energies to advancing the town’s local-first economic development strategy. “If we hope to make real progress toward sustainability,” he said, “it is important for us to plan better for challenges we know are coming.”
“Damon has consistently sought meaningful collaboration with others, and he cares about the quality of life of all of Carrboro’s residents,” said Seth LaJeunesse, chair of the town’s Transportation Advisory Board. “His progressive, practical decision making and his record of following his convictions make him an ideal candidate.”
Added Chaney, “Every now and then we need a gut check, and Damon won’t hesitate to challenge our thinking and engage the community around tough decisions.”