Marcoplos joins 2014 Orange commissioners race

01/22/2014 1:31 PM

01/22/2014 1:32 PM

Marcoplos to run for county board

CHAPEL HILL Green builder and community advocate Mark Marcoplos announced last week he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for District 2 county commissioner in May.

District 2 includes all of rural Orange County, Hillsborough and portions of Mebane. Commissioners Vice Chairman Earl McKee, who represents the district, has said he will seek re-election.

Marcoplos, 60, runs Marcoplos Construction, a small residential construction business specializing in green-building practices. His family lives in Bingham Township in southwestern Orange County.

In a news release, Marcoplos said his goals include supporting the city and county school systems, pressing for economic development and job creation, creating a comprehensive solid waste plan, and reducing poverty and the residential tax burden. He is crafting a proposal now for helping local businesses increase their visibility and successes, he said.

Marcoplos was a regular columnist for 13 years at two local newspapers, The Chapel Hill News and The Chapel Hill Herald, and has served on the Orange County Economic Development Commission, the county’s Planning Board and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors, including two terms as chairman.

The 2014 primary is May 6; the general election is Nov. 4. Commissioners Chairman Barry Jacobs has not said whether he will seek re-election, but longtime Commissioner Alice Gordon said earlier this month she would not run again. Mia Burroughs, current vice chairwoman of the Chape Hill-Carrboro school board, has previously announced plans to run for Gordon’s District 1 seat.

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