Potential candidates line up as election filing opens in Orange County

tgrubb@newsobserver.comJuly 5, 2013 

Mark Kleinschmidt

TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL

— Residents and town leaders in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough began filing Friday for the 2013 municipal and school board elections.

In Carrboro, Mayor Mark Chilton said earlier this year that he would not seek a fifth term in office. Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle announced her intent to seek Chilton’s office in April. If she is elected, her replacement on the board could be chosen in a special election or appointed by other board members. Lavelle’s term as alderman ends in 2015.

Three other seats on the Board of Aldermen are open this year.

Chapel Hill has four Town Council seats available, and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt also will be running for re-election. Two council members, Laurin Easthom and Gene Pease, have said they are not seeking re-election.

Two additional council seats are available. Council member Ed Harrison has not said whether he plans to run again. Council member Sally Greene, who was appointed to former council member Penny Rich’s seat in January, will seek re-election.

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens also will seek re-election this year. Town Board of Commissioners member Frances Dancy also would face re-election this year but has not announced whether she will run. Michael Gering announced in June that he would not seek re-election to the board.

Three seats on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education – Vice Chairwoman Michelle Brownstein and board members Gregory McElveen and James Barrett – also will be on this year’s ballot.

These candidates filed Friday:

Chapel Hill: Kleinschmidt filed to run for mayor. Incumbent Sally Greene and newcomers Gary Kahn and Maria Palmer filed to run for Town Council.

Carrboro: Lavelle filed to run for mayor. Incumbents Jacquelyn Gist and Randee Haven-O’Donnell filed to run for the Board of Aldermen.

Hillsborough: Stevens filed to run for mayor. Newcomer Jennifer Weaver filed to run for Town Board of Commissioners.

CHCCS Board of Education: Incumbent James Barrett filed to run for re-election.

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