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 spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about his decision to run. Listen below:


Bernadette Pelissier announced last week that she would not run for re-election to her at-large seat on the County Commissioners.

Mark Marcoplos announced his intention to run for the at-large seat on Monday.

Seats on the Board of Commissioners from District 1, currently held by Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich, as well as a seat from District 2, held by Renee Price, will also be up for election next fall.

Filing for the 2016 election begins on December 1 and runs through December 21. The primary will be held on March 15, 2016.