Mark Marcoplos will join the Orange County Board of Commissioners in December, along with other local and state leaders who won a new term in office this week.
Marcoplos, a green homebuilder and longtime community activist, fended off two Democratic opponents in the March primary and ran unopposed in the Nov. 8 general election. He will replace retiring Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier.
Three incumbent commissioners – Penny Rich, Mark Dorosin and Renee Price – also won their unopposed races this week for District 1 and District 2 seats.
In the state legislative races, Democratic Sen. Valerie Foushee won 68 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Mary Lopez-Carter for a third term. Foushee represents District 23, which includes all of Orange and Chatham counties.
She also defeated Carter in the 2014 Senate race.
Orange-Durham Rep. Graig Meyer also won re-election to a second full term in House District 50.
Meyer, a consultant with The Equity Collaborative who was appointed to his seat in 2013, earned 57.2 percent of the vote. His Republican opponent Rod Chaney won 42.9 percent.
Chaney is a Chapel Hill pastor who ran unsuccessfully for the District 50 seat in 2012 and 2014.
District 56 Rep. Verla Insko also ran unopposed for her seat representing Orange County. She will serve an 11th term in the House.