Bedford gets budgets
Jamezetta Bedford is running for Orange County commissioner in the District 1 race, which generally includes the area of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District. Jamezetta will make an excellent commissioner, and I urge voters to support her.
I served with Jamezetta on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board and found her to be thoughtful, practical, forthright and insightful. She served with energy and was a leader, working diligently to meet the needs of our children and educators. Now she seeks to use her skills as a commissioner.
About one-half of the Orange County budget goes to the school districts. Jamezetta’s knowledge about educational needs and her support of education will greatly benefit all the children of our county.
She is also an accountant and understands complicated budgets, the needs of local businesses, and how to bring transparency to decisions the commissioners make as they allocate our tax dollars.
Finally, Jamezetta is compassionate. As the parent of a special-needs daughter, she is acutely aware of the importance of safety nets. Over the last few years, as the N.C. legislature has cut budgets, local funding for supportive programs has become tremendously important.
For all these reasons, we need Jamezetta. Please vote for her for county commissioner.
Hughes a local leader
We are writing this letter in support of Matt Hughes for county commissioner at large. Matt is a leader, having been the chair of the Orange County Democratic Party where he established relationships with many of us in the community. We always knew that we could come to Matt with any questions/concerns because he was always willing to listen and was very responsive to us in a timely fashion.
Matt was raised in Orange County and has a vested interest in making sure that Orange County continues to grow in the right direction. He will bring a unique kind of leadership to our county, and he will represent all of its citizens. We like the fact that Matt is committed to affordable housing because we all know that Orange County can be an expensive place to live and a lot of folks that work here can’t afford to live here. Early childhood education is also important to Matt as he benefited from an Orange County-based Head Start program. He is also committed to raising teacher pay and retaining our educators.
Finally, Matt believes in growing and strengthening our economy by improving public transportation, increasing wages and enhancing our infrastructures. These are the reasons that we support Matt Hughes for Orange County commissioner at large, and we hope that you will cast a vote for him too.
Braxton Foushee, former Carrboro Alderman
I hope you will vote for Matt Hughes for Orange County Commissioner at-large.
I have known Matt Hughes since he graduated from UNC as an already politically informed Democrat. I’ve worked with Matt as he has led the Orange County Democratic Party for many years, so I know Matt stays well informed about legal, legislative, election. and plain political matters with great understanding of their implications.
Matt conveys his knowledge of issues clearly and well. This is what we need as Orange County enters a new era.
Please make a note to vote for Matt Hughes.
Rich represents all
Commissioner Penny Rich is truly a commissioner for all of Orange County.
Early in her tenure she co-chaired the Rogers Road Intergovernmental committee producing a final report supporting a community center and sewer infrastructure for the Historic Roger Road homeowners.
The Roger Road Community Center will soon celebrate its first year, thanks to the dedication and perceptive budgeting by Commissioner Rich. It took decades but with Commissioner Rich’s support, not only are the promises finally being fulfilled but landfill has been closed and remediation has begun. She continues to engage Chapel Hill Transit in efforts to improve bus service to the Rogers Road neighborhood and as the second phase of the sewer engineering comes to an end, the digging will soon begin to lay sewer pipes.
This is the integrity and loyalty for all citizens Orange County not only needs in a commissioner, but deserves. A commissioner for everyone. Please vote with me on March 15 to reelect Commissioner Penny Rich, District 1.
Rich gets aging
Many others have written endorsements that focused on Penny Rich’s leadership on the Board of County Commissioners and commitment to Orange County. I’m writing to endorse Penny for her understanding and commitment to growing aging community in Orange County.
Penny understands the challenges of the aging population by being the primary care provider for her 86-year-old mother. Penny clearly realizes the demographic changes we are facing. By 2034 the population in Orange County over age 60, 65 and 85 will increase by 76.2 percent, 109 percent and 167 percent, respectively. With this increase in 65 to 85 age group the need for dementia care will expand greatly.
At the present time Orange Department of Aging has the best plan in the state developed by Director Janice Tyler, and she clearly understands the challenges facing the county and needs the support of the entire Board of County Commissioners. Rich can provide the leadership needed to address the coming aging issues.
I urge you to vote to re-elect Penny Rich based on her commitment to rationally addressing the aging challenges in Orange County. I fully understand the challenges since I serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging where Penny is the county liaison. I have been active in aging issues for the last 12 years and know we need Penny Rich! Vote with me on March 15 to reelect Penny Rich, Orange County commissioner, District 1.
Marcoplos sees opportunity
Mark Marcoplos has my vote for Orange County Commissioner at large.
I’ve known Mark for a long time. He’s was one of the first builders in the area doing energy efficient and alternative energy construction. Mark has a lot of experience in local government ranging from chair of the OWASA Board to the Economic Development Commission and Planning Board.
He’s also an activist in local and regional affairs: he has worked to protect the rural areas of the Orange County from inappropriate development and he was arrested at a Moral Monday demonstration protesting the terrible things being done by the Republican-dominated General Assembly. He’s also a founding member of the Living Wage Project and a member of the Orange County Housing Authority, both working on aspects of the problems faced by our low income neighbors.
But, with all of that experience and energy, the real reason Mark has my vote — and I hope will also have your vote — is that Mark sees opportunities where most people see problems. He is an innovative thinker who puts his thoughts into action for the people of Orange County.
I have known Commissioner Penny Rich during all of the years of her public service to our community since 2001, and I hope she will be re-elected as an Orange County commissioner in this year’s elections.
Experience really matters in local governance. It demonstrates what that person values and has championed in her choices among the public needs always in competition for limited resources. Penny has been faithful and wise in sorting out these priorities through her public service first as an OWASA board member, then as a Town Council member, and for the last three years as an Orange County commissioner.
Penny’s work on those 14 separate budgets proves her priorities, including funding to keep our school systems the best in the State, which has become especially important in face of the legislature’s continuing attacks on public, local education. Penny’s priorities also include diversifying the county tax base, and providing the human services every county resident deserves. And, she has supported Orange County’s commitment to complete extension of public utility services to the Historic Rogers Road community.
I think that keeping Penny Rich as Orange County commissioner ought to be a high priority for all voters in this year’s elections.
Election letters deadline
Please send all letters endorsing candidates in the May 15 primary election by Friday, Feb. 26. Thank you.