Last month, I was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. The decision to get behind the wheel that night was the worst I’ve ever made in my life.
The last few weeks have been a time for deep personal reflection, and I’ve taken concrete steps to accept responsibility and atone for my selfish actions. I pleaded guilty to the charges and am enrolled in a support class through UNC. I’ve not consumed alcohol since my arrest, and I’ve had honest conversations with my family about how alcohol abuse has impacted us in the past.
Through this process, I’ve learned how many community members have been touched by these difficult topics, and wished we talked about them more honestly with each other. I’m committed to using this moment as an opportunity for personal growth toward a healthier life.
While I have to deal with my decisions on a personal level, as a public servant, I also owe every member of our community an apology. I apologize for my reckless decision. I’ve let you down and violated the trust you put in me. I know it’s going to be a long process to earn your trust again, and it’s something I am absolutely committed to doing.
We have an election in November and over the last few weeks I’ve talked with and heard from folks across our community. I’m so thankful for the outpouring of love and support I’ve received from friends and colleagues I’ve known for a long time and from community members I’ve just met.
After consultation with community members, my family, and my pastor, I’ve decided to stay in the race for Town Council this fall. This isn’t a decision I made lightly and I know the next two months won’t be easy. I’m rightfully going to face a lot of tough questions and skeptical voters, but I’m going to work every day to rebuild your trust and earn your support. I’ve been touched by many things I heard, but one thing said to me sticks out: “Chapel Hill is a community that believes in second chances.”
We need leaders who are going to work hard to engage with residents, understand their concerns and implement policies that continue to build a vibrant, liveable community. Through my actions as a council member, I’ve proven a willingness to meet residents where they are – often on their doorsteps – and listen to their visions for Chapel Hill. I’m just as dedicated to that level of engagement today as I was when I filed for council four years ago or announced my intentions to run for re-election earlier this year.
I understand that because of my reckless decision, some of you won’t be able to support me. I want you to know that, win or lose, I’m committed to improving our town. I’m going to work every single day to earn back your trust and respect.
Lee Storrow, 26, pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. He was stopped for speeding Aug. 26 and registered 0.16 on a Breathalyzer test, twice the state’s legal limit for impairment.