OP Candidate Forum: Hillsborough Board of Commissioners

There are five candidates for the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, including two incumbants, Evelyn Lloyd and Brian Lowen, and three challengers, Mark Bell, Ashley Desena, and Cindy Talisman.

Our moderator is still to be determined.


Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm



CHCCS BOE Candidate

I am running for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education because I have been a longtime advocate both for quality education, and for children and families.  As a parent, and as a professional who deals with educational issues on a day to day basis, I believe that I can bring the necessary perspective to work on the Board of Education and partner with students, families, teachers, administration and the community. 

We face serious financial challenges, but we cannot let this undermine the quality of the schooling we offer.  We must continue to support and grow an excellent education system with the highest expectations for all students in Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools.  We are a diverse community and I will be a champion for a school system that reflects that diversity and provides an education that allows all our children to realize their full potential. The three Rs I am most interested in are respect, resources and results.

Candidacy Announcement

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for re-election to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. For the past 8 years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving the children of this district. I value all children and I’m excited about tackling current issues facing the district. I bring a thoughtful voice to the boardroom, one that ensures that all families are considered when decisions are made.

This district has seen substantial growth since 2006 with the opening of three schools, the high school designation of our alternative program Phoenix Academy, and the opening of our first magnet dual language school, just to name a few. Equally impressive is that our district has one of the lowest dropout rates in the state, continuing to improve its efforts to positively engage students.

During my tenure on the Board, I have advocated for ALL children. If re-elected, I will continue supporting efforts that bring meaningful professional development to our teachers and that raise academic achievement for all children. I will also work to ensure that our children have a safe environment in which to learn and grow.

Maintain and Expand Access to Early Voting in Orange County

I've been a strong advocate for early voting locations and hours in Orange County that provide adequate access for all Orange County residents in my time as a student and council member in Chapel Hill. I'm sharing below my open letter to the Board of Elections as they make decisions this week about early voting locations for this fall. Interested in making your voice heard about early voting? They'll be meeting tomorrow (July 21st) at the Board of Elections in Hillsborough at noon to determine early voting hours and locations for this fall. 

Dear Orange County Board of Elections,


As you consider potential early voting locations and hours for the 2015 election, I wanted to offer some thoughts and recommendations. As always, thank you for your thoughtful approach to and deliberative process in setting an early voting calendar.


Jim Ward files for reelection to Town Council

I was at the Board of Election to file my mid term report. (I decided to forgive the last $800 of my personal loan to my 2013 campaign since I have decided not to run this year for Town Council.) I said hi to Jim Ward who was also at the Board of Election completing his paper work for his run for reelection for Chapel Hill Town Council.



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