A better future
Our local elections matter. They affect the taxes you pay, the schools your children go to, your environment, and most of all, your quality of life.
We hear uplifting scenarios forecast by the current council, but none of them can stand up to scrutiny. The sad truth of the matter is that the policies and decisions that the current council has made have put Chapel Hill on a dangerous trajectory.
I will be voting for candidates who have publicly committed themselves to relying on facts instead of assumptions, to asking detailed questions instead of granting imprudent approvals, and to representing the people who actually live and work in Chapel Hill. They will ask developers to include community benefits if they want to build here. They will work toward finding a way for our teachers, police and fire personnel to be able to live in Chapel Hill. They will be responsive to the reality of global climate change by insisting on forward-thinking green building standards. They will spend your money wisely. They will protect and support what we love about Chapel Hill. In other words, they will all exemplify real progressive governance.
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Please join me and a vocal majority of concerned citizens in voting for Pam Hemminger for Mayor, and Jessica Anderson, Nancy Oates, and David Schwartz for council in order to ensure a better future for you and for Chapel Hill.
Life is not static
I first moved to Chapel Hill as a sixth grader and attended the town’s excellent schools. After college, I returned for law school. I currently live in Chapel Hill and work in Orange County.
During this campaign I have heard the “character” of Chapel Hill often described in terms of buildings and developments like Obey Creek and Ephesus Fordham rather than the people who live here. This approach, unfortunately, has led to arguments for “solutions” that include what seem to be arbitrary height and density limits designed to preserve a vague concept of what “Chapel Hill” is. I believe that we should instead focus on how current residents can continue to live here while we remain welcoming to new people who choose our community.
Life circumstances are not static, even if you stay in the same town, and many people require different types of housing as their needs change. While students, new families, and young adults often choose to live in apartments, townhouses, and/or condos, others prefer single-family homes. Once their children have grown up, older adults often choose to “downsize” by moving into townhouses, condos and apartments to facilitate aging in place. When we talk about development in Chapel Hill, we have to make sure we are focusing on all the people of Chapel Hill, all that they are, and all that they will become. Perhaps even more importantly, housing stock should promote the town’s goal of encouraging economic diversity.
I love Chapel Hill for its progressive character, diversity and welcoming nature and I want to stay here for years to come. This Town Council has successfully pursued organic, well-planned growth that encourages diversity and affordability, not only for today’s residents of Chapel Hill, but for future residents as well. In this I applaud their efforts.