Town Councilman Lee Storrow launched his first re-election bid Tuesday with an early-morning announcement on radio station WCHL.
Storrow – an Asheville native and the youngest council member – was first elected in 2011 at the age of 22. He since has aimed to be a voice for social justice and economic development, while promoting the town to visitors, he said in a news release this week.
Storrow is the executive director of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network and is also the current vice chairman of the Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors of Youth Empowered Solutions, a national nonprofit that advocates for young people to change their communities.
“Serving this community for the past four years has been an enormous privilege,” Storrow said. “While we’ve accomplished a lot, I hear from residents every day about how we can improve our town. I look forward to working with folks from across Orange County in a second term to help us build a more vibrant, livable community in Chapel Hill.”
His tenure also has been marked by efforts to create more dialogue with residents through open office hours and Town Hall events, including four open meetings held in recent weeks, and to collaborate more with other local governments.
Storrow, as a member of the Historic Rogers Road Task Force, also was instrumental in helping to advance plans for a new community center and future sewer service in the neighborhood off Eubanks Road
“Lee has shown time and again his commitment to improving the Rogers Road community,” community leader David Caldwell said. “We need to keep leaders like him in office and that’s why I’m supporting his re-election.”
Candidates will compete on Nov. 2 to fill four council seats and the mayor’s post. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and council members Donna Bell and George Cianciolo have not said whether they will seek re-election. Council member Matt Czajkowski is leaving the council this month for a new job in Africa.
More information about Storrow can be found at www.leestorrow.com.