Rich LGBTQ advocate
This will be the first time I get to vote in an election for a county commissioner and I will be voting for Penny Rich. Penny has been a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights for as long as I have known her and I want to support a leader who will defend my rights.
Penny has voted in favor of a resolution requesting to amend the Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class. Penny also voted yes on a resolution opposing any legislation that seeks to exempt any governmental employee from fulfilling their constitutional duties guaranteeing the right to marry for same sex residents of North Carolina.
I want to keep Penny in office so she can continue to support policy and civil rights for our LGBTQ community. Please vote with me on March 15 to reelect Penny Rich, county commissioner, District 1.
Hauser proactive, pragmatic
We have the utmost confidence recommending Bonne Hauser for the Orange County commissioner district 2 seat.
Bonnie, a former partner at Price Waterhouse, excels in the areas of strategic management and a fact based decision making. Over her years living in Orange County, Bonnie has gained insight into our community’s needs by reaching out, not waiting for people to approach her and is always willing to listen and learn.
As a result of our years of working with Bonnie, we find her both thoughtful and passionate about applying her skills to community needs and values. Bonnie is honest, proactive, and pragmatic while promoting an atmosphere of openness. We believe Bonnie makes an excellent representative who is well prepared to serve and is the best choice for District 2 in 2016.
Tony and Debbie Blake,
A problem solver
I have known Bonnie Hauser for the past seven years after moving to North Carolina from St. Louis, Missouri. I have always been impressed with Bonnie’s enthusiasm, community spirit, and her ability for creative problem solving.
I initially met her through her involvement with the Big Brother/Big Sister program. She brought her “little brother” over one evening to meet our dogs. Her devotion to him was very heart-warming. Since this first meeting, I have seen Bonnie involved with numerous selfless efforts to improve the lives of people living in Orange County.
When I discovered she was running for county commissioner, I immediately thought, what a great candidate she would be! I am personally convinced Bonnie will be a go-getter and will work tirelessly for this wonderful community. I believe everyone would benefit by learning more about Bonnie and considering to vote for her in the upcoming election as county commissioner.
Marcoplos has experience
I would like to publicly share my support and intention to vote for Mark Marcoplos for Orange County Board of County Commissioners in the at-large seat. We are fortunate to have so many caring and talented people wishing to serve us in this election, but I fully believe Mark is the right candidate for this moment in our county.
Mark is experienced and full of passion for the welfare of all the people and for the land in Orange County, having lived here and served here for decades. I have personally marched beside him at the Moral March in Raleigh, and believe he will be a leader in social justice in Orange County. He’s the best candidate for our environment, vowing to maintain the integrity of our rural buffer and our precious and hard-fought environmental protections.
At the same time he has fresh ideas for economic development – in Buckhorn and Eno – and for affordable housing in the Greene tract. As a long-time builder and eco-builder in the area, as a player in affordable housing's inclusion in the upcoming bond, and with his service on key county boards (Economic Development, Planning, and Housing Authority), I think he brings the experience we need for these and other challenges. Visit his website (marcoplosforcommissioner.com), and I hope you'll agree with me that Mark is “on the Mark” for Orange County.
Hughes knows county
We write to express our whole-hearted support for Matt Hughes for the open at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners in the primary election to be held on March 15.
Matt was raised in Hillsborough and as a life-long resident and in his role as a member of the Board of Adjustment he knows all parts of the county well. Our schools are a major focus of the Commission, and Matt is a very successful product of them. Further, as a Carolina Covenant Fellow at UNC, Matt visited school systems across the state to learn other teaching models.
As an active member of the Orange County Democratic Party leadership, including four years as county chair, he has demonstrated the ability to work with diverse groups of strongly opinionated people with varying skills and interests and get them to focus on common goals. He does this so well that his fellow county chairs across the state elected him to chair their own organization. We feel that Matt’s experience, passion and commitment to the people of Orange County make him an excellent candidate for the County Commission and ask you to join us in supporting him.
Charles Humble and Victoria Freeman
Hauser is energetic
I was lucky to get to know Bonnie Hauser several years ago when my neighbors and I were facing multiple challenges of living in rural Orange County.
Our convenience center was closing, and OWASA announced plans to log the reservoir. We already knew Bonnie from her work with the airport and the waste transfer station, and liked her fact-based style and her steadfast commitment to our community. She brought facts and experts to the table, and helped moved the conversation past politics to win-win solutions for all. My neighbors and I were impressed when she brought commissioners to our community to hear from us directly.
Bonnie is energetic, and works tirelessly to get the facts, understand the issues and make sure our citizens are heard and represented. I love that she gets the numbers. She’s well prepared and I trust her to make the right decisions for our communities.
On a personal note, when I recently retired from UNC Health Care, Bonnie recruited me to become a senior leader with Project EngAGE through the Department on Aging and the SALT Program with our Sheriffs Office. This unusual partnership is reaching out to over 200 homebound seniors and making real inroads into issues such as senior hunger, affordable housing, caregiving, access and transportation. For me, it has been a rewarding experience, and now I too am making a difference in my community.
As a Big Sister and Pet Pal volunteer, Bonnie is doing similar things for our children. I love her passion and commitment to our public schools.
Bonnie will be a great county commissioner. Please vote for Bonnie Hauser in the Democratic primary on March 15.
Don’t blame governor
Jim Protzman’s decision to vote against the ConnectNC bonds because it doesn’t cover all our needs is a shortsighted one. (CHN, Feb. 21)
Sure, it would be nice to have this bond do more. That’s why Gov. McCrory proposed $3 billion, with the additional $1 billion going to transportation needs. But the legislature only agreed to the $2 billion, so that’s the choice we have on the ballot this March 15.
Mr. Protzman’s suggestion that we send this bond back to the drawing board means sacrificing much needed money for our universities and community colleges, our state parks, our future agriculture needs, our rural communities' water and sewer needs and our ability to respond to natural disasters.
Remember, the legislature controls the drawing board. Much better to vote yes to address the needs we can, than risk not getting any choice in the future.
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