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Endorsement From the Battle-Anderson-Thorpe-Chapman Breakfast Club

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.

Endorsements From Carrboro Leaders

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

Jim Porto
Mayor, 1983-1987

Braxton Foushee
Alderman, 1969-1981

Diana McDuffee
Alderwoman, 1995-2005

Frances Shetley
Alderwoman, 1987-1995, 1997

Michelle Johnson
Alderwoman, 2011-2017

Dan Coleman
Alderman, 2006-2013

Allen Spalt
Alderman, 1997-2001

Early Voting in Carrboro

Early voting in Carrboro and Chapel Hill begins on Saturday, October 19, and continues for 2 weeks. Cast your vote early at Carrboro Town Hall, the Seymour Center, or Chapel of the Cross.

  • Saturday, Oct. 19: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 21: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 24: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 25: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 27: 12:00-4:00 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 28: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 31: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 1: 9:00 am-6:00 pm

thank u, NEXT

Thanks to the NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro Action Fund for endorsing my re-election campaign! I’m grateful to NEXT for their recognition of my leadership in pedestrian, bicycle, and transit planning; my work with the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness; and my efforts to move Carrboro into more formal engagement with racial equity work. Read the complete endorsements for both Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

Please consider joining my re-election campaign by volunteering or by making a financial contribution.

Endorsement From the North Carolina Sierra Club

Many thanks to the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club for their endorsement of my re-election campaign! I appreciate the Sierra Club’s recognition of my advocacy on environmental issues and my leadership for Carrboro. I especially appreciate the chapter’s emphasis on understanding “how climate and environmental quality intersect with local land use, transportation, and housing policy.”

Read the complete endorsements for Orange and Chatham Counties.

Endorsements From Equality NC and the Victory Fund

Equality North Carolina

I am honored to receive the endorsements of both Equality North Carolina and the Victory Fund for my re-election campaign. As one of a small number of openly LGBTQ elected officials in North Carolina, I take seriously my responsibility to support my fellow LGBTQ North Carolinians and to show up for them whenever I can. Advocacy and support of LGBTQ people in Carrboro and all of North Carolina is one of my passions and has motivated much of my work both as an elected official and in other roles.

I’m proud to join in Carrboro’s tradition of leading the way in advancing the rights of LGBTQ people throughout the state. Please consider supporting my re-election campaign by volunteering or by making a financial contribution.

A Resolution Proclaiming “Sara Romweber Day”

It was a real honor to be able to join Sara Romweber’s family and friends in proclaiming Sara Romweber Day in Carrboro. Watch the video here and read the full resolution below. North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate David Menconi assisted with the drafting of the resolution.

Motion was made by Alderman Damon Seils, seconded by Alderman Bethany Chaney, that the following resolution be approved:

WHEREAS, Sara Romweber moved with her family to Carrboro in Orange County, North Carolina, in 1977, the year she turned 13 years old; and

WHEREAS, Sara was “Little Sara,” daughter of “Big Sara” Romweber and one of seven children; and

WHEREAS, the Romweber family home on Pine Street in Carrboro was a unique artistic ecosystem in which all the kids were involved in various quirky artistic pursuits; and

WHEREAS, many of those artistic pursuits involved bands, including The Remainz, UV Prom, Crash Landon and the Kamikazes, and Flat Duo Jets, led by Sara’s younger brother Dexter Romweber; and

WHEREAS, Flat Duo Jets would go on to receive international acclaim, and Sara achieved even more as a key member of historically significant and artistically important alternative-rock bands, including Let’s Active, Snatches of Pink, and (with her brother) Dex Romweber Duo; and

WHEREAS, Sara pioneered a unique style of drumming and a playing style that displayed amazing power and versatility across a wide range of musical styles; and

WHEREAS, Sara also became a much-beloved icon, as renowned for her thoughtful kindness and on-point rock-star style as for her drumming; and

WHEREAS, Sara’s inspiration also extended far and wide as an important and enduring influence on friends, peers, fellow musicians, and younger generations; and

WHEREAS, Sara’s death at age 55 from glioblastoma on March 4, 2019, triggered an amazing and massive outpouring of love and remembrances across media platforms all across the globe; and

WHEREAS, Sara will never be forgotten as one of the North Carolina musicians who made the state great.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, does hereby proclaim Sunday, June 23, 2019, as “Sara Romweber Day” in Carrboro and urges all residents to continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Sara Romweber and her important contributions to the artistic life of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.

This the 18th day of June, 2019.

A Resolution in Support of North Carolina’s Working People and Their Families

North Carolina is ripe for progress on the rights and well-being of workers and their families. I was glad to author this resolution, which the Board of Aldermen approved unanimously this week.

WHEREAS, everyday working people in North Carolina are struggling in an economy that doesn’t work for them, and stagnant wages, cuts to public services, systemic discrimination, and a weakened social safety net are the norm for many communities; and

WHEREAS, public policy choices, not just market forces, determine whether working people have access to economic opportunities and benefit fairly from the work they do; and

WHEREAS, diverse local governments across North Carolina have enacted policies to support our own employees as allowed by state law, but are limited in our ability to extend protections and benefits to other working people in our communities; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Carrboro has supported our own employees by becoming a certified Orange County Living Wage employer, providing paid parental leave, adopting employment nondiscrimination policies and practices, and extending eligibility for employment benefits to same-sex partners of Town employees; and

WHEREAS, North Carolinians need access to safe, green, living wage jobs, free from violence, harassment, and discrimination; and

WHEREAS, worker organizing, union membership, and collective bargaining remain the most effective tools for working people to exercise their power on the job and in the public sphere;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Carrboro thanks our legislative delegation for promoting the well-being of North Carolina’s workers and their families and urges them continue this important work by supporting:

  • Legislation to raise the minimum wage for all workers in North Carolina.
  • Legislation to provide paid leave for workers in North Carolina who want or need to take parental leave, care for a sick family member, or meet other important family needs.
  • Legislation that empowers public employees in North Carolina to negotiate wages and other conditions of their employment, such as by repealing “right to work” laws and extending the right to collective bargaining to public sector employees.

This is the 14th day of May, 2019.

Resolution on Recent Acts of Racial Intimidation at UNC-Chapel Hill

Damon Seils at Board of AldermnThe month of March brought new concerns about the safety of students, employees, and visitors on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Vandals desecrated the Unsung Founders Memorial, and a group of white supremacists brought weapons, including firearms, onto the campus in violation of state law. On Tuesday, April 9, I introduced a resolution to the Board of Aldermen urging the university to take bolder action in responding to and preventing these kinds of incidents. I’m proud that my colleagues on the board unanimously passed this resolution.

Alderman Damon Seils made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jacquelyn Gist, that the following resolution be approved. The motion passed unanimously.

A RESOLUTION IN RESPONSE TO RECENT ACTS OF RACIAL INTIMIDATION ON THE CAMPUS OF UNC-CHAPEL HILL

WHEREAS, Carrboro is home to many students, employees, and alumnae/-i of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including an estimated 3500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, or approximately 1 in 6 town residents, and the life of our community is intertwined with the life of the University; and

WHEREAS, on March 31, 2019, two persons desecrated the Unsung Founders Memorial in McCorkle Place on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus by defacing it with racist graffiti and with urine; and someone vandalized an installation outside Hanes Art Center with racist language; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2019, persons associated with a white supremacist group carried firearms and other weapons onto the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in violation of the North Carolina General Statutes and campus policy; and an Alert Carolina emergency notification was not issued; and no arrests were made and no citations or trespass notices were issued; and

WHEREAS, student antiracist activists have been prohibited indefinitely from entering certain areas of the campus, including McCorkle Place, despite having been found not guilty of the criminal charges related to their trespass notices or having had those charges dismissed; and

WHEREAS, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP, the Carolina Black Caucus, and others have called on UNC-Chapel Hill to take bolder action in response to acts of racial intimidation and threats by white supremacists to the safety of the community; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen appreciates Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz’s statement that “we must nurture an environment where all people in our community can live, learn and work without fear”; and the Board is encouraged by the arrests on April 8 of the persons believed to have desecrated the Unsung Founders Memorial;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Aldermen that the Town of Carrboro, NC, urges its neighbor and partner UNC-Chapel Hill to rescind trespass warnings against student antiracist activists; to press charges and issue trespass warnings against persons who on March 16 carried firearms onto the campus; to clarify when the community may expect the presence of an armed person on or near the campus to trigger an Alert Carolina emergency notification; and to invite community members not necessarily affiliated with the University to participate in the campus safety commission being convened by the interim chancellor.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town wishes to partner with UNC-Chapel Hill in a shared commitment to helping students feel safe in Carrboro through better communications, education about the Carrboro Police Department, opportunities to participate in Town programming and advisory committees, continued participation in the Good Neighbor Initiative, and other efforts.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board asks the clerk to share this resolution with the interim chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill and the members of the Chapel Hill Town Council, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, and the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

This the 9th day of April, 2019.