September 13 high school football games
Loren Hintz, a retired Chapel Hill High School science teacher, joined six others Tuesday in the race for four seats on the Chapel Hill Town Council.
Hintz unsuccessfully applied in January to replace former Council member Penny Rich. He has volunteered for many town and community boards since moving to Chapel Hill in 1992, including the town’s Transportation Board, the Bike and Pedestrian Task Force, the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee and the Orange County Commission for the Environment.
If elected, Hintz said he would be an advocate for protecting parks and open space, improving transportation and increasing affordable housing. He plans to use his campaign to encourage more people to register as voters and be active in the community, he said.
Council members Gene Pease and Laurin Easthom are not seeking re-election, so the council will have at least two new members next year. Council members Ed Harrison and Sally Greene, who was appointed to her post in January, have filed to run for office.
The Orange County Board of Elections in Hillsborough will close this year’s filing period at noon Friday.
Certified public accountant Meighan Lela Carmichael joined the race for two vacant seats Monday on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners.
Carmichael’s family has lived in Hillsborough since 2008 when she started work as the finance director for Orange County Habitat for Humanity. Her goal in running is to make sure the town continues to “maintains a vibrant connection to its roots and preserves its unique character” while growing through strategic investments, she said.
Carmichael joins Kathleen Ferguson and Jenn Weaver on the Nov. 5 ballot. Town Commissioners Michael Gering and Frances Dancy are not seeking re-election.
The filing period for school board and municipal races in Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro ends at noon Friday.
Kathleen Ferguson says quality of life and economic issues are behind her run this year for a seat on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners.
Ferguson launched her bid Monday at the Orange County Board of Elections, becoming the second person to file for two open seats in the commissioners’ race. She joins Jenn Weaver, a yoga instructor and stay-at-home mother, on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Ferguson, 50, is the associate director of delivery strategy and budget at Quintiles. She also is active in her Community Watch and previously served on the county’s Economic Development Commission and Small Business Loan Program board of directors.
Incumbent town Commissioners Michael Gering and Frances Dancy are not seeking re-election. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens has announced his intent to run.
The filing period will remain open until noon Friday.
Carrboro Alderman Sammy Slade and Michelle Brownstein, vice chairwoman of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, filed their 2013 campaign bids Tuesday.
Slade, who is seeking his second term on the Board of Aldermen, joins incumbents Jacquelyn Gist and Randee Haven-O’Donnell, who filed for re-election Friday.
Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle also filed her intent Friday to run for Carrboro mayor. Mayor Mark Chilton is not seeking re-election. If Lavelle is elected, her replacement on the board could be chosen in a special election or appointed by other board members. Lavelle’s term as alderman ends in 2015.
Brownstein, a school board member since 2009, joins incumbent board member James Barrett on the Nov. 5 ballot. She is a retired surgeon and mother of four children.
School board member Gregory McElveen has not announced whether he will seek re-election.
The filing period for the 2013 election is open until noon July 19 at the Orange County Board of Elections in Hillsborough.
An incumbent and a challenger filed their bid Monday in Chapel Hill’s Town Council election.
Council member Ed Harrison and newcomer Paul Neebe, a musician and real estate broker, join three candidates that filed Friday at the Orange County Board of Elections in Hillsborough. There are four Town Council seats available this year.
If Harrison is re-elected to the council, this will be his fourth term. He is actively involved in environmental and transportation issues, with a personal interest in bicycle and pedestrian access. Harrison often rides his bike to Town Council meetings.
Neebe sought unsuccessfully this year to serve the remainder of former Town Council member Penny Rich’s term. He supports a “bike-able, walk-able green community” that offers affordable housing for homeowners and renters, a stronger commercial tax base and better communication between the town, its advisory boards and the university.
Neebe also teaches part time at the University of Virginia.
Filing for this year's municipal elections ends at noon July 19. The election will be held Nov. 5.
Town Council member Gene Pease announced last week that he would not seek a second term in November.
Pease, who was first elected to the council in 2009, cited his many personal commitments, including family on the West Coast, his company Capital Analytics Inc. and his focus on getting a second book to his publisher.
“I want to thank the many citizens who have supported me and especially my wife Pam, during my time commitments the past four years while I tried my best to serve the town and its citizens in a fair and balanced manner,” he said in a letter Thursday to his fellow Town Council members.
The filing period for this year’s election opens at noon July 5. Town Council member Laurin Easthom announced earlier this year that she would not be running for re-election.
Council member Sally Greene and challenger Gary Kahn have said they intend to seek one of four seats in November. Council member Ed Harrison, whose term also expires this year, has not indicated his intentions.
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt also plans to seek re-election.
Don't let your empty pockets dampen your enthusiasm for celebrating dad this Father's Day. Check out our list of freebies and discounts. You'll save a bundle and make dad proud.
Southern Village resident Gary Kahn has become the first official candidate for the 2013 Chapel Hill Town Council race.
The filing season for this year's municipal election starts July 1. Election Day is Nov. 5.
Kahn, a retail specialist from New York, has lived in Chapel Hill for three years and wants to be the voice for southern Chapel Hill. While he lacks political experience, Kahn has been a familiar face at council meetings and events for more than a year.
In January, he unsuccessfully sought the seat that former Council member Penny Rich vacated when she joined the Orange County Board of Commissioners in December.
Kahn said the proposed mixed-use development Obey Creek is a high priority. He also supports a limited operating schedule next year at the newly expanded library. The alternative would be cutting something that could have a worse effect, he said.
“Some things people aren’t going to like, but it has to be done,” Kahn said. “Even with the library, it’s not as bad as it seems.”
There will be at least one new face on the council. Council member Laurin Easthom said in January that she is not seek election to a third term. Other members facing re-election are Ed Harrison, Gene Pease and Sally Greene.
Mike Gering announced Monday afternoon that he will not be seeking another term on the Hillsborough Town Board of Commissioners.
"I am honored and privileged to have served three terms, but 12 years is a long time. The town is in good shape, and I believe change is healthy - both for me and for the town," Gering said in a news release.
Gering said his proudest accomplishments since first winning election in 2001 are the Waterstone development off Old N.C. 86, the planning for a future Amtrak train station, Riverwalk, tourism programs in Hillsborough and Orange County, and the courthouse clock restoration project.
"Though I took a personal interest in these projects, none of them would have been possible without the teamwork and dedication of the other Town Board members and of our great town staff," he said.
Town Commissioner Frances Dancy and Mayor Tom Stevens also face potential re-election bids in the November election.