Just two days into the filing period for the 2019 municipal election, it’s already apparent that this year will feature heavily contested races for Carrboro Alderman and Chapel Hill Town Council.

In Chapel Hill, incumbent Nancy Oates filed Monday to run for a second term in office. She’s already the fifth town council candidate on the ballot, including fellow incumbent Jessica Anderson and first-time challengers Tai Huynh, Renuka Soll, and Joshua Levenson. (Michael Parker and Donna Bell are the other two incumbents whose seats are up for election this year; Parker says he plans to file later this week.)

Incumbent mayor Pam Hemminger also filed Monday for reelection; she’s the first mayoral candidate on the ballot in Chapel Hill.

And in Carrboro, there are now three first-time candidates for alderman, as Matthew Clements filed to run on Monday. Clements previously ran for State House in 2018 as a Libertarian, losing to Verla Insko. He joins Susan Romaine and Stephen Friedman on the ballot. (Damon Seils, Sammy Slade, and Bethany Chaney are the three incumbents whose seats are up for election; Chaney says she’s not running.)

The filing period continues through next week, wrapping up at noon on Friday, July 19.

You can get the full list of declared candidates in Orange County at this link.