Matt Hughes

Orange County Commissioners Appoint Members to Bond Education Committee

Orange County Commissioners have appointed Jamezetta Bedford, Matt Hughes and Theresa Watson to fill three of the four at-large positions on the Bond Education Committee. The three positions were filled by a 4-2 vote at the board’s meeting on Thursday with Commissioner Renee Price and Penny Rich dissenting. The committee will help design and develop a campaign to help spread important information about the bond to the community, according to earlier discussions from the board. The upcoming bond package is the largest in county history at $125 million; the bulk of the money will be designated to make repairs and update safety concerns at local schools. The remaining $5 million will be used to increase affordable housing. Hughes and Bedford both ran unsuccessfully for seats on the Board of County Commissioners this March. Hughes has been chair of the Orange County Democrats for several years and Bedford has long served on the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education until she decided not to seek reelection last November. Watson also mounted an unsuccessful run for an elected position recently, campaigning for the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board in November. One appointed seat on the Bond Education Committee remains unfilled at this time. Commissioners also voted to designate $20,000 to the County Manager to “support the Committee’s work and assistance through a vendor/consultant.” The bonds, $120...

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Early Voting Ends Saturday

Saturday marks the final day to early vote in the North Carolina primary. Voters will be choosing their party’s candidates for the general election for the offices of President, US Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Labor Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Treasurer and more. The winners of these primaries will then go on to the general election in November, but there are several items on the ballot that will be the deciding vote. The $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum is on the March ballot and will either be approved or voted down in the primary. And the...

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Endorsements Roll in Ahead of Primary

Early voting starts on Thursday across North Carolina for the 2016 primary election and endorsements are coming in fast and furious as voters prepare to head to the polls. Nine candidates are running for four seats on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. All of the candidates who filed are Democrats, meaning that the primary will determine the makeup of the next edition of the seven-member board. Voters will choose between four candidates for two seats from District 1. District 2 is a two-candidate race and three candidates are looking to fill the at-large seat that will be vacated...

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Meet Orange County Commissioner At-Large Candidates

Three candidates are running for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The seat that is up for election will be decided between three newcomers after incumbent Bernadette Pelissier announced she would not be seeking reelection. The at-large seat is chosen by voters from all of Orange County. The race will be decided in the March primary because all of the candidates are registered Democrats. WCHL has compiled introductions from each candidate: Andy Cagle: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/February/26/2-23%20Andy%20Cagle.mp3   Matt Hughes: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/February/26/2-24%20Matt%20Hughes.mp3   Mark Marcoplos: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/February/26/Mark%20Marcoplos.mp3   Listen back to the District 1 and District 2 candidate intros. The...

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Matt Hughes Joins Race for Orange County Commissioners

Matt Hughes, chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, has officially filed to be a candidate for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners up for election next year. Board vice chair Bernadette Pelissier announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election to the seat. Andy Cagle, who ran unsuccessfully for Sheriff in 2014, has also filed for the at-large seat. Mark Marcoplos has announced his intentions to run for the spot on the county commissioners but has not officially filed. Three other seats on the board will be voted on next year. Mark Dorosin...

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First Challenger Files in Orange County Board of Commissioner Race

Orange County voters will have at least one race to decide in the March primary for the Board of County Commissioners. Challenger Bonnie Hauser filed for the District 2 seat on the board, where incumbent Renee Price has also filed for re-election. Incumbents Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich have officially filed for re-election from District 1, with no challengers at this point. Board vice chair Bernadette Pelissier has announced she will not seek re-election to her at-large seat. Mark Marcoplos and Matt Hughes have each announced their intention to run for that seat, although neither has officially filed at...

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Matt Hughes Running for Orange County Commissioner

There will be a race for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Matt Hughes currently serves as the chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, a position he has held since 2011, and he announced his intention to run for the at-large seat in the 2016 election. Hughes is a native of Hillsborough and currently lives in Chapel Hill. Hughes says he believes his past work with the Democratic Party as well as his work with non-profits will provide him with the basis to launch a campaign and serve on the Board of Commissioners. Hughes...

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