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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 District 1 Candidates

Four candidates will be on the March 15 primary ballot for two seats up for election out of District 1 on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. District 1 covers the southern portion of Orange County, including Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Inucmbents Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich are running for reelection. They will face a challenge from longtime Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board member Jamezetta Bedford and Gary Kahn, who has ran for Chapel Hill Town Council, Orange County Commissioner and, most recently, Chapel Hill Mayor in recent years. WCHL has compiled introductions from each candidate: Jamezetta...

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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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Penny Rich Running for Re-Election as County Commissioner

Penny Rich has announced that she will be running for re-election to the Orange County Board of Commissioners next fall. Rich is seeking a second term representing District 1 on the board after first being elected in 2012. During her first term, Rich served as the Finance Chair on the Orange County Visitors Bureau and Co-Chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Group, among other designations. Rich spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about her re-election bid. Listen below: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/11/17/Penny%20Rich.mp3   Two candidates, Mark Macoplos and Matt Hughes, have announced their candidacy for the at-large seat up for election on the...

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Vice Chair of Orange County Board of Commissioners Not Running for Re-Election

County Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier says she’s ready to take on a new challenge. After two terms on the Orange County Board of Commissioners, Bernadette Pelissier announced she won’t be seeking re-election next year. Instead, she’ll pursue a long-time dream, running a farm with her family in Cedar Grove. “Between my children and myself, we have four acres of blueberries,” says Pelissier. “I’m considering things like kiwi and blackberries. We have plans to do a cidery with blueberries and apples. I have no idea yet what it will evolve into.” Pelissier was first elected to the board in 2008. Looking...

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Orange County Commissioners Move Forward with $125 Million Bond

The Orange County Board of Commissioners took another step toward issuing the largest bond in county history Tuesday night. The board unanimously approved a motion to move forward with a bond that would be worth $125 million. The commissioners decided that $120 million of the bond will go toward repairing school buildings in the county and $5 million will go to affordable housing. When the bond was originally discussed, all of the money was expected to go to the schools. But, due to public outcry for funding for affordable housing, some commissioners changed their mind, including Chair Earl McKee....

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