Community advocate Bonnie Hauser filed a challenge Friday to Commissioner Renee Price for the District 2 seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
The District 2 commissioner serves Hillsborough and northern Orange County. This is Hauser’s second bid for a commissioners seat; she ran an unsuccessful bid for Commissioner Barry Jacobs’ at-large seat in 2014.
There are four Orange County Board of Commissioners seats on the 2016 ballot. Incumbents Price, Mark Dorosin (District 1) and Penny Rich (District 1) have filed for re-election. Vice Chairwoman Bernadette Pelissier plans to retire when her term expires in December 2016.
The candidate filing period is open until noon Dec. 21; the primary is March 15.
Hauser, who has been active in education and social justice issues, is a retired partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She previously fought to stop a rural airport, county waste transfer station and logging near Cane Creek Reservoir, close the landfill and improve local emergency response times.
She is the founder of the grassroots rural advocacy group Orange County Voice and is an Orange County Schools volunteer, serving on the district’s Community Engagement and Visioning Steering Committee. She also is involved with the Northern Orange NAACP, Project Engage Advisory Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Schley Grange and the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education.
Her approach to community service, she said, comes from years of experience as a management consultant.
“Elected officials and others make better-informed decisions when they get a glimpse of the facts on the ground,” Hauser said. “My greatest successes came when I invited commissioners and others to leave their meeting room to visit communities and see firsthand how policy and funding decisions affect schools, neighborhoods, and public safety.”