All of us in the local political chattering class have been talking about who will be the successor to Penny Rich, since Penny will be resigning from the Chapel Hill Town Council soon to take her new seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. A lot of qualified names have been tossed out, including Maria Palmer and George Cianciolo.
But there is a new candidate in the mix that I believe will eclipse the competition. I heard from a friend that former Town Council member Sally Greene was interested in the seat. I was so excited to hear this that I called her this weekend and she confirmed that she really is interested in returning to the big curved table at Town Hall.
I think this is great news. Sally was a fantastic contributor to the Council as a hard worker, a researcher and historian, a smart legal mind, and a champion of the environment, civil liberties, and social justice. In addition, Penny's departure will leave only 2 other women on the Council, and I am one who would really like the Council to look more like the community. (Next let's get more young people, people of color, and working class representatives.) In talking to her, Sally let me know that she would like to announce her interest in her own words, so I hope she will add her own comments here on this post.
I was very excited about the potential of Maria Palmer, and I strongly hope that she will continue her leadership trajectory by working on advisory boards and running for Council later.