Jamezetta Bedford

Orange County Commissioners Appoint Members to Bond Education Committee

Orange County Commissioners have appointed Jamezetta Bedford, Matt Hughes and Theresa Watson to fill three of the four at-large positions on the Bond Education Committee. The three positions were filled by a 4-2 vote at the board’s meeting on Thursday with Commissioner Renee Price and Penny Rich dissenting. The committee will help design and develop a campaign to help spread important information about the bond to the community, according to earlier discussions from the board. The upcoming bond package is the largest in county history at $125 million; the bulk of the money will be designated to make repairs and update safety concerns at local schools. The remaining $5 million will be used to increase affordable housing. Hughes and Bedford both ran unsuccessfully for seats on the Board of County Commissioners this March. Hughes has been chair of the Orange County Democrats for several years and Bedford has long served on the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education until she decided not to seek reelection last November. Watson also mounted an unsuccessful run for an elected position recently, campaigning for the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board in November. One appointed seat on the Bond Education Committee remains unfilled at this time. Commissioners also voted to designate $20,000 to the County Manager to “support the Committee’s work and assistance through a vendor/consultant.” The bonds, $120...

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Early Voting Ends Saturday

Saturday marks the final day to early vote in the North Carolina primary. Voters will be choosing their party’s candidates for the general election for the offices of President, US Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Labor Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Treasurer and more. The winners of these primaries will then go on to the general election in November, but there are several items on the ballot that will be the deciding vote. The $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum is on the March ballot and will either be approved or voted down in the primary. And the...

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Meet Orange County Commissioner District 1 Candidates

Four candidates will be on the March 15 primary ballot for two seats up for election out of District 1 on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. District 1 covers the southern portion of Orange County, including Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Inucmbents Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich are running for reelection. They will face a challenge from longtime Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board member Jamezetta Bedford and Gary Kahn, who has ran for Chapel Hill Town Council, Orange County Commissioner and, most recently, Chapel Hill Mayor in recent years. WCHL has compiled introductions from each candidate: Jamezetta...

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