This Week in Orange Politics: April 14-20

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Though it's a short week at many government offices across Orange County, the county's public bodies are staying busy. Both the Chapel Hill Town County and the county school board will consider their budgets for the next fiscal year, while the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons will tackle parking. The Hillsborough Town Board will consider two specific projects, while the County Commission will consider its 2014 legislative agenda and discuss rural curbside recycling again.

Forum Open Thread: Orange County School Board

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Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County School Board candidate forum happening on April 13, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are six candidates for four seats: 

  • Greg Andrews - did not respond to our invitations to participate
  • Tom Carr - declined to participate in our forum
  • Donna Coffey
  • Michael Hood
  • Brenda Stephens - declined to participate in our forum
  • Rosa Williams

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/ocboe.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

This Week in Orange Politics: April 7-13

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Budgets and facilities planning will top the agendas of many of Orange County's public bodies this week. The Chapel Hill Town Council will receive an update from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools on facilities planning, while both the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education and the County Commission will work on priorities for upcoming budget years. The County Commission will also hear an update on the County Manager's proposed capital investment plan.

 

Forum Open Thread: Carrboro Board of Aldermen Special Election

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Welcome to the open thread for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen Special Election candidate forum happening on April 6, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are three candidates for one seat: 

  • Bethany Chaney
  • Talal Asad
  • Theresa Watson

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/cboa.

This Week in Orange Politics: March 31-April 6

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Though most of Orange County’s public bodies are taking a break from holding regular meetings this week, the County Commissioners will still hold a hearing on the solid waste tax district and we’ll be holding our first candidate forum of the season. Here’s the summary:

 

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

A Tale of Two Visions

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Today, the State Board of Elections will be deciding whether or not to add another site in Orange County for early voting. Jamie Cox and I issued letters in support of an additional early vote site for Orange County on the UNC campus. Both of us stressed that this is what is better for the county, not for a particular party. However, Chair Kathy Knight struck a decidely partisan tone in her response.

But this isn't about partisanship or politics, it's about fairness, because I don't stand for or support partisanship for political gain. I have previously proposed and supported election sites that members of my own party disagreed with because they believed it could benefit the GOP, but I thought those sites were viable and fair for all of Orange County. What better way to show the legislature that folks of all political persuasions oppose their elections overhaul? What better way to show that local government still works?

Below are the two letters Jamie and I submitted to the State Board, along with BOE Chair Kathy Knight's letter.

OCDP Chair Matt Hughes' Letter

BOE Member Jamie Cox's Letter

BOE Chair Kathy Knight's Letter

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