Forum Open Thread: Chapel Hill Town Council

Welcome to the open thread for tonight's Chapel Hill Town Council candidate forum. There are nine candidates for four seats:

  • George Cianciolo
  • Sally Greene
  • Ed Harrison
  • Gary Kahn
  • Loren Hintz
  • Paul Neebe
  • Maria Palmer
  • Amy Ryan
  • DC Swinton

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Total votes: 29


Is that all 9 candidates can "talk" at the same time and thus we get to actually hear more from each of them in 2 hours than we would in person.  I'm also glad that all 9 are still actively participating in this process and providing their perspectives.


Kirk's tax question: for any candidate to pledge no increase, guarantee a raise and provide the amount only demonstrates a lack of understanding of the budget process.  Follow me on Twitter @MayorMarkK or on Facebook or


There could be a small raise if the economy improved and there was an increase in revenues. 

The question I would like to ask everyone is this: Part of leadership is knowing when to speak out even though people won’t like what you have to say, and part of it is knowing when to stop talking and listen for a while. How do you know when to do which one? 

no break in future, plus benefits gpknc 



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This Week in Orange Politics

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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