During this local election season, 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro spoke with candidates for each of the races in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Each answered the same set of questions regarding their decision to run for elected office, their background in the community and what they wish for residents to think of when voting. Their answers are shared here, as well as links to their respective campaign websites or pages. If a candidate did not respond or chose not to speak with 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro, it will be designated with no audio.

The Orange County Register of Deeds race is in a heated primary this year. The job oversees certifying marriages, deaths, property purchases, passport applications and more. There are two candidates for the Democratic primary, with no Republican filed to run in the general election. They are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.

Candidates for Orange County Register of Deeds


Mark Chilton (Incumbent)


Penny Rich


Early voting runs from April 28 through May 14. Weekday early voting is open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 1 the precincts will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, May 14 voting will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no early voting Saturday, April 30 or Sunday, May 8.

For more election coverage and candidate introductions, visit Chapelboro’s Local Election Coverage page.

Candidate photos are taken from their campaign website, unless credited otherwise.

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