Barbara Foushee announced her candidacy for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in the 2017 election on Tuesday morning.

“I am running for the Board of Aldermen because I want to use my knowledge and my community activism experience to continue to promote positive change and growth in Carrboro,” Foushee said in a release. “I also believe that if you really want to be a part of change, you have to have a seat at the table where the changes are being made.”

Foushee says she will focus on “promoting and advocating for justice; affordable housing; economic growth & development and increased collaboration with Orange County and Chapel Hill, especially on major issues.”

Barbara Foushee spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


Foushee has served on several town and county boards and is the secretary of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro NAACP. She works as a senior technologist in Research Triangle Park.

Three seats on the board will be up for election in November. The three seats that will expire this term are currently held by Sammy Slade, Jacquelyn Gist and Randee Haven-O’Donnell. None of the three have officially announced if they will be seeking reelection.

Board member Michelle Johnson’s term expires in 2019, but she announced on Tuesday morning she would be resigning at the end of May 2017 before relocating in June. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon that the board will discuss options for filling the seat closer to Johnson’s resignation date. The board can appoint a member to fill out the term or have the seat filled in the November election.