On this Fourth of July, we note with pride that the mainstay of our democracy are the elections by which we choose officials to represent us and make decisions that affect us all. The filing date for local offices begins next Monday, July 6 at 8 am. Orange County has released the formal filing announcement below.
In Chapel Hill, Council members serve four year terms, so half of the eight council seats will be contested this fall. The terms of Donna Bell, Jim Ward, and Lee Storrow are up at the end of the year. A fourth seat was vacated when Matt Czajkowski resigned before the end of his term. Bell and Storrow have announced plans to compete for another term. Harrison, Greene, Cianciolo, and Palmer will serve an additional two years. For a complete list of current office holders and term limits, click here.
The electorate also chooses a Mayor every two years. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt has completed his third term and has not announced whether he will run for a fourth term.
Over the last 3 – 4 years the Town Council has made a number of big decisions that many people did not think are in the town’s best interest. Town Council votes on Central West, the Edge, Ephesus Fordham, and most recently Obey Creek, did not incorporate the recommendations of the town’s advisory boards or represent the informed views from Chapel Hill citizens.
Read Nancy Oates column “What we Need in Chapel Hill Town Candidates” in the July 5 Chapel Hill News.
CHALT wants to know what you want to see in a Council candidate. Please write a comment here in response to this blog post.
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Media Contact, Tracy Reams, Director
Board of Elections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ORANGE COUNTY OPENS FILING PERIOD: MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO BOARD OF EDUCATION
ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 2, 2015)—The Orange County Board of Elections is announcing the filing period in which candidates must file their notice of candidacy for their name to appear on the ballot for the November 3, 2015, Elections. The filing period begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, and closes at noon on Friday, July 17.
The notice of candidacy must be filed with the Board of Elections office in which the voter is a resident and registered to vote. Notice of candidacy forms, along with the appropriate filing fee for Orange County residents must be received at the Orange County Board of Elections office no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17.
The Orange County Board of Elections office is located at 208 S. Cameron Street, in downtown Hillsborough. The offices up for election and filing fees are as follows:
Town of Carrboro: Mayor – (1) Seat, Filing fee – $15;
Town Alderman – (3) Seats, Filing fee – $10
Town of Chapel Hill: Mayor – (1) Seat, Filing fee – $5;
Town Council – (4) Seats, Filing fee – $5
Town of Hillsborough: Mayor – (1) Seat, Filing fee – $10;
Town Commissioners – (3) Seats, Filing fee – $10
City of Mebane – Mayor – (1) Seat, Filing fee – $6;
City Council – (2) Seats, Filing fee – $6
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education – (4) Seats, Filing fee $5
For more information or to obtain the filing forms and the daily posting of candidate filings, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/elect/ or call the Orange County Board of Elections at 919.245.2350.