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.