OP Happy Hour

Organized by and with UNC students! A special opportunity to welcome young people who want to learn more about local issues. All candidates will be invited once the venue is confirmed. 

UPDATE: The venue is set for R&R Grill, and the candidates have been invited.  Y'all come! 


Friday, April 16, 2010 - 2:00pm


R&R Grill, Nationsbank Plaza, East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

PTA & LWV candidate forum

APRIL 14, 2010
The PTA Council and League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for candidates for the Orange County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m. The forum will be held in the council chambers of Chapel Hill's Town Hall, and will be televised live on government access Time Warner channel 18. The forum will also be taped and available for viewing here.
Six of the seven candidates have agreed to attend: Joal Hall Broun, Alice Gordon, Barry Jacobs, Earl McKee, Joe Phelps and Renee Price. 
In another difficult budget year, parents are especially concerned about the impact on schools. This forum, coming the night before early voting begins, will thus be especially timely, given that almost half of the schools' money is allocated by the county commissioners.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

NAACP Candidate Forum

NAACP to Sponsor Orange County Candidates Forum in Chapel Hill

[March 17, 2010-Chapel Hill, NC] The Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP will sponsor an open forum for Orange County candidates running in the May 4 primary election for Commissioner and Sheriff. The forum will be held in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

All candidates are invited to share their views on a variety of quality of life issues from education and economicdevelopment to law enforcement initiatives.

Carrboro Alderman Joal Hall Broun and former Hillsborough Mayor Joe Phelps will challenge incumbent Barry Jacobs for an at-large County Commissioner seat. Hillsborough Police Chief Clarence Birkhead will challenge incumbent Lindy Pendergrass for Sheriff.

The Forum is free and open to the public. 


Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

OCS Special Education PTA school board candidate forum

Candidates for Orange County Schools Board of Education will debate issues Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at Hillsborough Elementary School in a forum sponsored by the Special Education PTA. All are welcome. The event will be moderated by News of Orange County education reporter Vanessa C. Shortley.


Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 2:00pm


Hillsborough Elementary School

Watch this space

Candidate filing for 2010 elections starts today at noon. Folks only have two and a half weeks (until February 26th) to declare their intent to run in the May primary (and presumably the November general election).  Information will be posted at the Orange County Board of Elections.

The offices that will be on the ballot this year are: County Commissioner (districts 1 & 2 and at-large), Clerk of Court, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, Orange County Board of Education, State Senate, State House, Soil Conservation District Supervisor (non-partisan, no primary).

Help me keep an eye on the BOE page, and let everyone know if anything interesting happens!



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