Candidate Filing Starts Today

Ruby Sinreich's picture
Board of Elections - Welcome!

Filing begins today at noon and closes in exactly two weeks. Races include Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of EducationMebane Mayor and City CouncilHillsborough Mayor and Town BoardCarrboro Mayor and Board of Alderpeople, and Chapel Hill Mayor and Town Council.

There has already been a lot of discussion about candidates, and I think this will be a particularly interesting year. We'll have an opportunity to meet many of the candidates in person at The OP Posse's third annual Candidate Coming Out Party.

Please use this open thread to post updates as you learn about new candidates. We'll be watching candidate filings here on the Orange County Board of Elections web page.

(Check out all the links to each government in this post and you can see quite a wide range of ideas about how government can work online.) 

 

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Ruby Sinreich's picture

And we have some candidates!

Here's who filed today:

(Name, address, age, phone numbers. * = incumbent) Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Board (3 seats):*James Barrett 100 Morgan Bluff Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 43 919-593-0592 Carrboro Mayor: Lydia Lavelle 8107 Kit Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 52 919-942-5640Alderman (3 seats):*Randee Haven-O'Donnell 106 Fairfield Ct, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-7702 62 919-306-2080*Jacquelyn Gist 206 Maple Ave. #A, Carrboro, NC 27510 58 919-880-9326Chapel Hill Mayor:*Mark Kleinschmidt 102 Boulder Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 43 919-260-2488 919-240-7089Council (4 seats):Gary Kahn 703 Copperline Dr. #306,Chapel Hill, NC 27516 57 919-240-7435*Sally Greene 406 Morgan Creek Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 57 919-260-4077Maria T. Palmer 303 Forbush Mt. Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 52 919-933-0259 919-260-4361Hillsborough Mayor:*Tom Stevens 213 W. Tryon St, Hillsborough, NC 27278 59 919-245-1026Commissioner (2 seats):Jenn Weaver 323 W. Queen St, Hillsborough, NC 27278 39 919-619-6065
Jason Baker's picture

The crowd grows larger

Ed Harrison has filed (in Durham County) for re-election to what, if successful, will be his fourth term on the Chapel Hill Town Council. Paul Neebe, who applied for the council vacancy earlier in the year, has also filed. I can't help but note that at this point, there are no candidates in the Chapel Hill Town Council race who are under the age of 50 (the median age of the council candidates at this point is 57, compared to a median age of Chapel Hill residents at 25.6).Sammy Slade has filed for re-election to a second term in Carrboro, and Michelle Brownstein has filed for re-election to a second term on the Chapel Hill - Carrboro School Board. Tim Bradley and Ed Hooks have filed for re-election in Mebane, which I know very little about but are both incumbents. 

James Barrett's picture

for the record

If we're going to talk about ages, I am 2 weeks older than Mayor Kleinschmidt.  It says we're the same on the form, but he was the end of March 1970, I was in the middle.

Jason Baker's picture

and...

And, for the record, you're both significantly younger than any current council candidate.That said, I expect that this year I'll be supporting multiple candidates out of those who have already filed, age be damned. No one can help their own demographic characteristics. But a little more diversity in the field than we have right now would be nice, and not just in regards to age.

George C's picture

Skewing the Age Curve

I'm afraid I'm not going to be of much help in bringing the median age of Town Council candidates down.  I'll be filing as a candidate for Town Council this week.  I may or may not win the honor of being the oldest candidate but I'm probably the only one who regularly rides a motorcycle.

Maybe the question you

Maybe the question you should ask is what can a candidate who is seeking a 4th or 7th term (like Ms. Gist of Carrboro) can bring to the table that is a fresh/new outlook on the problems facing the town and how will they approach the issues with other local governments? 

Ruby Sinreich's picture

Second week of filing brings more candidates

Here's the updated list. One more week of filing. Celebrate and meet them at the OP Candidate Coming Out Party on Friday the 19th!

Name Address Age Home Work/Cell  * = incumbent   Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Board - 3 Seats, Filing Fee: $5*James Barrett 100 Morgan Bluff Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 43 919-593-0592*Michelle (Shell) Brownstein 105 Glenhaven Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 [age witheld] 919-932-3695 919-966-4131 Carrboro - Mayor – 1 Seat, Filing Fee: $15; Alderman – 3 Seats, Filing Fee: $10Mayor:Lydia Lavelle 8107 Kit Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 52 919-942-5640Alderman:*Randee Haven-O’Donnell 106 Fairfield Ct, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-7702 62 919-306-2080*Jacquelyn Gist 206 Maple Ave. #A, Carrboro, NC 27510 58 919-880-9326*Sammy Slade 100 Crest St, Apt. E, Carrboro, NC 27510 38 919-951-5200 Chapel Hill - Mayor – 1 Seat, Filing Fee: $5; Town Council – 4 Seats, Filing Fee: $5Mayor:*Mark Kleinschmidt 102 Boulder Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 43 919-260-2488 919-240-7089Council:Gary Kahn 703 Copperline Dr. #306, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 57 919-240-7435*Sally Greene 406 Morgan Creek Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 57 919-260-4077 Maria T. Palmer 303 Forbush Mt. Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 52 919-933-0259 919-260-4361Paul Neebe 1002 Highland Woods Rd, Chapel Hill, NC  27517 51 919-929-9394 919-967-1554*Ed Harrison (filed in Durham County) 58 Newton Dr, Durham, NC 27707-9744 62 919-490-1566George Cianciolo 7704 Amesbury Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-9713 64 919-489-8539 Hillsborough - Mayor – 1 Seat, Filing Fee: $10; Town Commissioners – 2 Seats, Filing Fee: $10Mayor:*Tom Stevens 213 W. Tryon St, Hillsborough, NC 27278 59 919-245-1026Commissioner:Jenn Weaver 323 W. Queen St, Hillsborough, NC 27278 39 919-619-6065 Mebane - 3 Council Seats, – Filing Fee: $6*Ed Hooks (filed in Alamance County) 211 Cypress Pt, Mebane, NC 27302 61 919-563-5075*Tim Bradley (filed in Alamance County) 712 N. Ninth St, Mebane, NC 27302 58 919-563-4571