Chapel Hill has all the fun - at least in 2013 municipal races

In spite of the Orange County Board of Elections best attempts to stop anyone from doing this (see original PDF) I have copied the list of candiates and reformatted it into a vaguely readable list. If possible I will clean this up in a few days.

Most of these candidates will be joining us at our annual Candidate Coming Out Party today at 5:30 pm in downtown Chapel Hill, and I hope you will join us too. See all the details and RSVP on Facebook.

The Chapel Hill Town Council race will be where the party is. There are 10 candiates running for four seats, and only two incumbents.I expect the challengers have some pretty smart and interesting things to say, and some of them even have experience with local issues. For some voters, there are will be hard decisions, for some there will be clear favorites.

It's also very interesting that both our incumbent Hillsborough and Chapel Hill mayors and the unofficially-annointed challenger in Carrboro will all be running unopposed. When Lydia Lavelle takes office in December, I belive that we might be the only county in the nation with two openly-gay mayors! (Can someone fact-check me on that?)

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, Carrboro Board of Aldermen, and Hillsborough Board of Town Commissioners also mustered more candidates than seats so there will be competitive races there.


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

[withheld] 919-932-3695 919-966-4131,


Andrew Davidson 

110 Westbury Ct, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

39 919-370-9303,


Ignacio Tzoumas 

116 Milbrae Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

39 828-675-8883,


Carrboro - Mayor – 1 Seat, Filing Fee: $15; Alderman – 3 Seats, Filing Fee: $10


Name Address Age Home Work/Cell




Lydia Lavelle 8107 Kit Ln, Chapel 

Hill, NC 27516

52 919-942-5640,




*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,


Kurt Stolka 

207 Robert Hunt Dr, Carrboro, NC 27510

32 703-581-3742,


Al Vickers 

151 S. Fields Cir, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

68 919-929-0502,


Chapel Hill - Mayor – 1 Seat, Filing Fee: $5; Town Council – 4 Seats, Filing Fee: $5


Name Address Age Home Work/Cell




*Mark Kleinschmidt 102 Boulder Ln, 

Chapel Hill, NC 27514,


43 919-260-2488 919-240-7089


Chapel Hill Town Council:


Name Address Age Home Work/Cell


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 919-260-4361,


Paul Neebe 

1002 Highland Woods Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 


51 919-929-9394 919-967-1554,


*Ed Harrison 

58 Newton Dr, Durham, NC 27707-9744

62 919-490-1566,


George Cianciolo 

7704 Amesbury Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-9713

64 919-489-8539,


Loren Hintz 

804 Kings Mill Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

57 919-933-8987,


Amy Ryan

209 Adams Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

53 [withheld], 


Jonathan Riehl 

2 Mt. Bolus Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

37 919-923-2558,


D. C. Swinton 

116 Hamilton Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

25 864-631-6817,


Hillsborough - Mayor – 1 Seat, Filing Fee: $10; Town Commissioners – 2 Seats, Filing Fee: $10


Name Address Age Home Work/Cell




*Tom Stevens 

213 W. Tryon St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

59 919-245-1026,




Jenn Weaver

323 W. Queen St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

39 919-619-6065, 


Kathleen Ferguson 

517 Central Ave, Hillsborough, NC 27278

50 919-998-2153,


Meighan Lela Carmichael 

229 W. King St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

37 919-590-8059,


Mebane - 3 Council Seats, – Filing Fee: $6


Name Address Age Home Work/Cell


*Ed Hooks

211 Cypress Pt, Mebane, NC 27302

61 919-563-5075


*Tim Bradley

712 N. Ninth St, Mebane, NC 27302

58 919-563-4571


*Jill Auditori

412 N. Third St, Mebane, NC 27302

41 919-304-4287





Age Home Work/Cell, e-mail

* = incumbent 


Total votes: 17


Hi, just to let you know, my new address is 611 Hillsborough Street, Apt. 1, Chapel Hill, NC 27514A Piece of the Future - D.C. Swinton

Thanks, D.C. We use whatever data is published by the County Board of Elections, so you may want to update them as well if you haven't already. 

I'm sure it goes without saying and that you'd do this anyway, but to post it as a PSA anyway - be sure you update not just your information in their candidate spreadsheet but also your voter registration. I wouldn't count on being able to register a change of address at early voting anymore thanks to our back assward General Assembly.

I have replied and will attend all scheduled town council debates. gary kahn



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It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.

CHALT and the Sierra Club/Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce/WCHL will hold candidate forums for Chapel Hill candidates.

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