Drought, schools are focuses

February 19, 2008 

Bernadette Pelissier, longtime chairwoman of the local Sierra Club, filed Monday to run for Orange County commissioner.

Pelissier, who worked for more than 20 years for the Department of Correction, headed the Orange Water and Sewer Authority board in 2002 when it enacted permanent conservation measures after the last drought. "Water is a major issue for Orange County right now, and I think my background will enable me to provide strong leadership on problems related to the drought as a commissioner," she said.

In Chatham County, software manager Flint O'Brien filed for school board. He heads the parents group GoodSchooolz.org and says he is concerned with slow progress in the start of a new high school on Jack Bennett Road in the county's northeast quadrant and with a recent one-year delay in the opening of a new middle school in the Briar Chapel development off U.S. 15-501.

"Another serious problem is that the county's North Chatham School now has 19 mobile classrooms, and there seems to be no end in sight," O'Brien said in a release. "Soon there will be as many students trying to learn in temporary, trailer-sized classrooms as there are in the school itself."

OTHER PEOPLE FILING

These are the most recent candidates to file for local or legislative races in Chatham, Orange and Durham counties. The latest candidates to file are shown in bold; other listed candidates had filed previously.

CHATHAM COUNTY

COUNTY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION (NONPARTISAN)

Flint O'Brien (District 1)

Gene Galin (District 2)

ORANGE COUNTY

COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Bernadette Pelissier, Democrat, Hillsborough (at-large)

Pam Hemminger, Democrat, Chapel Hill, (District 1)

Tommy McNeill, Democrat, Durham, (District 2)

DURHAM COUNTY

COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Brenda Howerton, Democrat, Durham

Becky Heron, Democrat, Durham*

Doug Wright, Democrat, Durham

Fred Foster, Democrat, Durham

Don Moffitt, Democrat, Durham

Michael D. Page, Democrat, Durham*

Ellen Reckhow, Democrat, Durham*

* Indicates Incumbent

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