thank u, NEXT (2021 Version)

I’m grateful to the NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro Action Fund for their endorsement of my mayoral campaign. They highlighted my years of experience representing Carrboro at the local and regional levels on transportation planning issues and my advocacy for a more inclusive North Carolina, among our many shared values. Read the complete endorsements for both Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

Endorsement From the LGBTQ Victory Fund

Big news to share! The LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office—has endorsed my campaign for mayor of Carrboro.

Graphic with a headshot of Damon Seils and the statement "LGBTQ Victory Fund endorses Damon Seils (he/him/his) for mayor of Carrboro!"

From the press release:

“Damon Seils has been a leader in advancing equality in Carrboro and across North Carolina for many years,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund.

Damon is immensely qualified to serve as mayor, and LGBTQ Victory Fund is proud to endorse him.” LGBTQ people remain severely underrepresented in government nationwide—holding just 0.18 percent of elected positions despite representing at least 4.5 percent of the US population, according to Gallup. Seils has been a consistent champion for LGBTQ people during his time on the Carrboro Town Council and in his broader work in the community. Damon has served on the Duke LGBT Task Force, which works closely with students, employees, alumni/ae, and administrators to promote equality and inclusion for gender and sexual minority communities on campus and in the health system. He received the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award from Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity in 2006, and he received the Outstanding Staff Award from the Center for LGBT Life (now the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity) in 2008. He has been a consistent volunteer with the NC AIDS Action Network and received their Advocate of the Year Award in 2017.

Victory Fund will promote Seils’ endorsement among its hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide. More information about Victory Fund can be found at victoryfund.org.

Endorsement From Equality NC

Sincerest thanks to the Equality NC Action Fun. This endorsement carries special meaning for me as one of North Carolina’s small number of LGBTQ elected officials. It affirms many years of work to advance equality in Carrboro and across the state, and it reminds us how much work remains. ?️‍⚧️?️‍?

Fall 2021 Office Hours

Open office hours for early fall are here. Join me (and maybe a special guest) to talk about Carrboro issues.

As always, these dates and times may change. Check this page for updates, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. And feel free to contact me anytime.

Updated November 18, 2021.

Jillian’s Picks

Durham City Council Member Jillian Johnson is probably the most dedicated, most vital progressive elected official working in North Carolina local government today. Working with her has been a highlight of my time on the Carrboro Town Council, and I’m so appreciative of her support and inspiration.

From Jillian’s statement: “And finally, Damon Seils is more than ready to be Carrboro’s next mayor. In his 8 years of experience on Town Council, Damon has championed improving transit, affordable housing, and equitable engagement. He’s the right person to take up the gavel.”

Read the full statement.

Photo of Jillian Johnson and Damon Seils standing together outside Craftboro Brewing Depot and holding a sign that says "Damon Seils for Mayor of Carrboro."

Summer 2021 Office Hours

Summertime office hours are starting soon. Join me and an occasional special guest to chat about Carrboro.

  • Saturday, July 17, 1:00-3:00 pm — ? Present Day on Main — Special guest: Carrboro Council Member Barbara Foushee
  • August 7, 10:00 am-12:00 pm — ? Open Eye Cafe (back patio)
  • September 11, 3:00-5:00 pm — ? Open Eye Cafe (back patio) — Special guest: Orange County Commissioner Anna Richards

These dates and times may change. Check this page for updates, or follow along on Twitter or Facebook. And feel free to contact me anytime.

Updated September 7, 2021.

It’s Official: I’m Running for Mayor

Headshot of Damon Seils with logo reading Damon Seils for Mayor of Carrboro
Photo credit: Trevor Holman Photography

Friends and neighbors,

This morning I announced on WCHL that I am running for mayor of Carrboro. Our current mayor, Lydia Lavelle, said last week she will not seek re-election this year.

During eight years on the Town Council, I have built productive relationships with community members and leaders like you both in Carrboro and across the region. These relationships will be a strong foundation for stepping into a new leadership role for the people of Carrboro. I hope you’ll join me.

The next two years will bring defining moments for Carrboro. We will hire a new town manager, implement the Carrboro Connects comprehensive plan, and take lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we are providing services to meet community needs and allocating our resources equitably. As I said during my re-election campaign two years ago, I will continue to press for better local and regional transit, better infrastructure to support a growing and diverse community, and decision making that holds racial equity and social justice in the foreground.

We need sustained community engagement, experienced leadership, and vision to translate these priorities into reality—and I’m ready to lead those efforts as mayor.

I hope you’ll consider making a contribution to support my campaign. Your early contribution will help me with initial expenses and give me the resources I need to share my message with more people in the community. See damonseils.org/donate for more information.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the campaign or ideas about the future of our amazing town.

With pride and enthusiasm for Carrboro,

Damon