Five more residents have filed to run in this year’s municipal and school board elections.
Incumbent Chapel Hill Town Council member Ed Harrison and newcomers Paul Neebe and George Cianciolo joined three candidates who had already filed for four open seats on the council. If Harrison is re-elected, this will be his fourth term. Fellow member Sally Greene, who was appointed to the council to replace Penny Rich earlier this year, also is running, as are newcomers Gary Kahn and Maria Palmer.
Council members Laurin Easthom and Gene Pease rejected another run, which means at least two new faces next year. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt filed his re-election bid July 5.
In Carrboro, incumbent Alderman Sammy Slade will join two other Board of Aldermen members, Jacquelyn Gist and Randee Haven-O’Donnell, on this year’s ballot. Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle has filed to run for outgoing Mayor Mark Chilton’s seat. No challengers have filed yet.
If Lavelle is elected, her seat on the Board of Aldermen could be filled by appointment or a special election.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents also will choose three members for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. Board Chairwoman Michelle Brownstein and board member James Barrett have filed their intent to seek re-election. Board member Gregory McElveen has not indicated whether he will seek another term.
Hillsborough voters will choose a new mayor and two Town Board of Commissioners members. Commissioner Michael Gering announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election; Commissioner Frances Dancy has not made her decision public yet. Newcomer Jenn Weaver filed to run July 5.
The filing period for the 2013 election continues through noon Friday at the Orange County Board of Elections in Hillsborough.
These candidates filed last week:
CHCCS Board of Education
Michelle (Shell) Brownstein