Endorsements are coming in for this year’s local elections.
CHALT, the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, eschewed the incumbents and endorsed four new candidates for Chapel Hill Town Council: Allen Buansi, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman.
The Orange/Chatham Sierra Club has also endorsed Town Council candidates – but while there are four seats up for election, the Sierra Club only endorsed three: Allen Buansi, Karen Stegman, and incumbent Ed Harrison.
Both CHALT and the Sierra Club endorsed incumbent mayor Pam Hemminger for reelection in Chapel Hill; she’s running unopposed on the ballot, though Eugene Farrar is mounting a write-in challenge.
The Sierra Club also made endorsements for Carrboro and Hillsborough races – sticking with the incumbents in both towns. In Carrboro, the Sierra Club endorsed incumbent Lydia Lavelle for reelection as mayor and incumbents Jacqueline Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell, and Sammy Slade for reelection as Aldermen. The Sierra Club also endorsed Barbara Foushee for Alderman; there are four open seats up for election this year. In Hillsborough, the Sierra Club endorsed Tom Stevens for reelection as mayor (as well as incumbent Town Commissioners Kathleen Ferguson and Jenn Weaver, who are running unopposed).
Early voting begins in Orange County this Thursday, October 19. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.