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.