Spring is here! It’s a great time for us to get outside and for me to resume my community office hours. Join me and an occasional special guest to talk about all things Carrboro. We will continue to follow the public health guidance by meeting outdoors. I’m looking forward to these opportunities to talk with you in person.
The town is continuing to allocate relief funds from the federal CARES Act to the Orange County emergency housing assistance program. The needs are growing. Please spread the word about the housing helpline. More information at orangecountync.gov/housingassistance.
The Orange County Local Reentry Council, in partnership with the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, hosted this virtual event on June 25, 2020. I was honored to introduce the event and welcome the more than 100 community members in attendance.
Monthly office hours for the first half of 2020 are here! Join me (and sometimes a special guest) to chat about local issues, ongoing projects, and important new initiatives coming to Carrboro this year. We can also talk politics as we face down this important election year for the region, the state, and the country.
On November 5, Carrboro voters offered me the privilege of serving a second term on the Board of Aldermen. I am beyond grateful. Thank you.
There is important work ahead for Carrboro in the next few years. I’m looking forward to engaging in this work with all of you and with my colleagues, including Alderperson-elect Susan Romaine, who will join the board on December 3.
Meanwhile, Tuesday’s election didn’t slow things down. Just this week, Mayor Lavelle and I attended a meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners to discuss Carrboro’s perspective on the proposed widening of NC 54 west of town. I also gave a presentation to the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee on upcoming transportation projects in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Today, I attended the Orange County Democratic Party’s annual legislative lunch to rally around a push for statewide change in the critical 2020 election.
There is no shortage of ways to get involved in the issues you care about, both here in Carrboro and around the state. Let’s talk. I continue to hold monthly community office hours to discuss your thoughts about local issues. Drop by my next office hours on Sunday, November 17, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm12:30 and 2:30 pm at Johnny’s on West Main Street.
I’m grateful that my re-election campaign has earned the endorsements of so many organizations and community leaders representing a diversity of experiences, interests, and expertise in Carrboro. The most important endorsement is yours. In asking for your vote, I remain committed to engaging the entire community in our important work to meet today’s needs and to plan for our future.
• A young Irish setter–golden retriever mix kissed me on the mouth in the Highlands.
• I reintroduced myself to someone whose door I first knocked in 2013. Back then, impressed I was knocking on doors when I was the only candidate on the ballot, he promised me his vote. He remembered me today, too. I think about him a lot.
My team of friends and volunteers reached peak campaign today. We knocked on another 450 doors all over Carrboro. In the past several weeks, we knocked on 2500 doors and mailed more than 9000 postcards. I participated in 17 candidate forums, interviews, and campaign meet and greets, completed 11 candidate questionnaires, and received every available organizational endorsement and the support of a dozen former Carrboro mayors and alderpersons. I love my team, and I love this town!
Many thanks to the Battle-Anderson-Thorpe-Chapman Breakfast Club for their endorsement of my re-election campaign. The Breakfast Club offers endorsements in local elections to support candidates who will consistently advocate for social justice.
Hank Anderson, who served as a Carrboro alderman from 1993 to 1998, founded the Breakfast Club in 1976 as a regular breakfast meeting at Mama Dip’s Kitchen for local African American and social justice community leaders. Anderson was the first African American department head for the Town of Chapel Hill, leading the town’s parks and recreation department for nearly 30 years.
I am honored to have the endorsement of this group of community leaders who work to carry on the legacy of local icons Fred Battle, Hank Anderson, Bill Thorpe, and Yonni Chapman.
Early voting: October 16-November 1 Election Day: November 5
I am honored to have the endorsements of so many of my predecessors on the Board of Aldermen. They include both mayors and alderpersons, several of whom have gone on to serve at the school district, county, and state levels, totaling more than 130 years of public service to the people of Carrboro.
Ellie Kinnaird Mayor, 1987-1995 North Carolina state senator, 1997-2013
Mike Nelson Mayor, 1995-2005; alderman, 1993-1995 Orange County commissioner, 2006-2010
Mark Chilton Mayor, 2005-2013; alderman, 2003-2005 Orange County register of deeds, 2014-present
Mark Dorosin Alderman, 1999-2003 Orange County commissioner, 2012-present
Joal Hall Broun Alderwoman, 1999-2011 Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board member, 2015-present