Damon Seils

Carrboro Mayor, Alderman Sign Open Letter to Trump Advocating LGBT Policies

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Alderman Damon Seils are two of the few openly LGBT elected officials across North Carolina. The Carrboro leaders were two of 156 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elected officials who signed an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Friday ahead of Trump’s inauguration. The letter begins congratulating Trump on his election before asking him to join them in “embodying the highest ideals of our great and diverse nation.” “More than 300 million Americans depend on you to bring our nation together,” the letter continues. The elected officials wrote asking that Trump “deescalate the...

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Carrboro Board Member Damon Seils Detained While Protesting North Carolina General Assembly

Carrboro Board of Alderman member Damon Seils was detained on Friday morning during a protest of the North Carolina General Assembly. The legislature has been in special session since Wednesday dealing with legislation that will remove some political power from Governor-elect Roy Cooper. News & Observer reporter Colin Campbell tweeted a picture of Seils with his hands in zip ties on Friday. Arrests underway as protesters disrupt House debate with chants of "all political power comes from the people." #ncpol #ncga pic.twitter.com/hoCAhvINRS — Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) December 16, 2016 This was the second day in a row that protests...

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Carrboro Leads the Charge On Condemning HB2

Carrboro has always been on the forefront of defending the rights of the LGBT community. And their response to House Bill 2 is no different. Only a few days after the bill was passed, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen passed a resolution calling for its repeal. Damon Seils is a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. “Carrboro’s history on leading on issues of LGBT rights has certainly put us in the spotlight once again,” said Seils. “People look to Carrboro and some of our other communities who have led on this issue to be among the first to...

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Unopposed Carrboro Leaders Look to Future

Carrboro incumbents sailed to victory on Tuesday, as all were running unopposed. Mayor Lydia Lavelle was re-elected to her second term with 1,746 votes. Alderpeople Bethany Chaney, Damon Seils, and Michelle Johnson received 1,585, 1,562 and 1,635 votes. In the coming year the board will tackle questions of how to regulate parking in downtown Carrboro, as well as how to accommodate a request from the IFC to relocate the non-profit Community Kitchen to Main...

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Unopposed Carrboro Candidates Use Campaign Season to Promote Voter Turnout

Municipal races will be over in less than a month, and candidates in Carrboro are taking the opportunity to urge voters to make their voice heard. While most eyes in local politics are focusing on the races for Chapel Hill Mayor and Town Council as well as the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board, the candidates in Carrboro are focusing on voter involvement. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Board of Aldermen members Bethany Chaney, Michelle Johnson and Damon Seils are all running for re-election this year unopposed. But they are not resting on their laurels. They have taken...

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