Here is the statement Carrboro resident and community volunteer Sharon Cook has released:
"Over the past decade I’ve been an advocate for a wide range of issues facing Carrboro’s residents including neighborhood preservation, pedestrian safety, and environmental protection. I’ve worked on many more issues as a member of the town’s Planning Board for the past three and a half years.(CORRECTION: Sharon Cook has asked us to revise this sentence to read ... since March 2007.)
As a candidate for a seat on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, my overriding concern is whether or not the citizens living in Carrboro today will be able to afford to stay here.
Two years ago I ran for alderman with that question in my mind, based upon conversations with residents from throughout town. I was concerned that our town government was on an unsustainable economic path, one that would force many long time residents to move out of Carrboro. Over the past two years that’s become increasingly clear.
I’m an optimist, and I believe that it’s not too late to change our direction. I’m running for a seat on the Board of Aldermen to put us on the path that will make it possible for Carrboro’s citizens to remain in their homes as long as they choose to do so through balanced growth and development.
I look forward to thoroughly discussing and debating this issue and the many other issues facing our town in the weeks and months to come."