To the Editor:
When deciding for whom to vote for local elected office, we look for brains and the guts to use them. Donna Bell has demonstrated on the Chapel Hill Town Council that she considers each issue in front of the council carefully, asks the right questions to fully understand the issue, and votes in the best interest of all Chapel Hillians. As demonstrated by her pushing for an ombudsman program, she is a great leader, representing “Chapel Hill values” and giving a voice to many who are not part of our local political conversations. Even when we don’t agree with her, we truly appreciate her openness to considering all viewpoints and honesty in sharing her conclusions. If you are looking for better government that works for everyone in our town, please join us in voting for Donna Bell on November 8th or in early voting beginning October 20.
James Barrett (Candidate for Chapel Hill Carrboro City School Board)
As I’ve gotten to know James Barrett and where he stands on the issues facing Chapel HIll-Carrboro schools, several things stand out. I know of his background working with Justice United on their education agenda. I know that he wants to create a better system for all of our students by focusing on metrics to evaluate programming, budgetary transparency so the system can be intentional about where its puts resources, and openness with the public about this decision process. And I know he wants to do a better job of engaging community partners like UNC, parents, and other volunteers in the service of our children.
I don’t agree with him on each and every issue. What we do agree on is the need to listen to a wide range of voices and include their needs and priorities in our decision-making process. I have never seen him discourage dissenting conversation except in the rare cases where someone simply had their facts wrong. James likes the facts, just like a school board member should.That’s why James Barrett gets my vote for Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board.
Council Member, Town of Chapel Hill