Michael Parker

5 to 4 Votes Are Healthy For Chapel Hill

Before moving to Chapel Hill 38 years ago, I was a newspaper reporter in south Florida. Have you driven there lately? The weather is still great, but the beauty is harder to find.  Over-development squashed it years ago. But, I learned a lot as a covered the deliberations of those city leaders who struggled to deal with developers who saw dollar signs on every empty lot. “I’d never want to be in their shoes,” I told myself. It’s a thankless job. We all owe a large debt of thanks to those who have served Chapel Hill for years, but...

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Election Day: Chapel Hill ‘At a Crossroads’

Municipal elections will be decided at the ballot box Tuesday. In Chapel Hill, there appears to be a clear delineation among residents – those voting for the incumbents and those voting for candidates backed by the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, or CHALT. Tom Henkel is one of the founders of CHALT. Henkel says the PAC is concerned about transparency and development decisions made by the current Council. “We’re concerned about the recent level of development,” Henkel says. “We have got some major development projects going on all over town and there has been no, let’s say,...

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Hemminger Leads Race for Chapel Hill Mayor

The Chapel Hill political landscape has seen a drastic shift in polling numbers in the lead-up to Election Day. A new Public Policy Polling survey has challenger Pam Hemminger leading the Mayoral race with 43 percent of those surveyed responding they would support the former Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board member and County Commissioner. PPP director Tom Jensen spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/10/28/PPP%20Chapel%20Hill%20survey%20TOM%20JENSEN%20FULL%20102815.mp3   Incumbent Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt received support from 37 percent of respondents. Challenger Gary Kahn came in at two percent. Support from Hemminger has grown by 18 points since the first Public Policy...

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Poll Shows Tight Race Ahead for Chapel Hill Municipal Election

Undecided voters will likely determine the Chapel Hill Town Council and Mayoral leadership this November, according to new polling numbers. With a heated campaign season well underway, Public Policy Polling commissioned a Chapel Hill-specific survey and exclusively shared the results with WCHL-Chapelboro. PPP Director Tom Jensen says, with more than a month to go before Election Day, a lot could change between now and November 3. But as it stands, incumbent Mark Kleinschmidt is leading the Mayoral candidates with 37 percent of respondents favoring a fourth term for Kleinschmidt. Challenger Pam Hemminger checked in with 25 percent of respondents...

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Get to Know Who is Running for Chapel Hill Town Council

Nine candidates will be on the ballot for four spots on the Chapel Hill Town Council this fall. Donna Bell, Lee Storrow, and Jim Ward will be running for re-election. Earlier this year, Matt Czajkowski resigned his seat on the Town Council that was up for election this November to work for a non-profit in Rwanda. WCHL has compiled introductions from each of the Town Council hopefuls. Jessica Anderson: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Anderson_final.mp3   Donna Bell: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Bell_final.mp3   Adam Jones: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Adam_Jones_Final.mp3   Paul Neebe: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Neebe_final.mp3   Nancy Oates: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Nancy_Oates_final.mp3   Michael Parker: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Parker_Intro.mp3   David Schwartz: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Schwartz_Final.mp3   Lee Storrow: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/08/14/Storrow_final.mp3  ...

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