Person of the people
Even before meeting Bonnie Hauser, we knew of her reputation as a community activist and person of the people. Her volunteer efforts with the youth of Orange County, as well as her work on important issues such as the waste transfer station, protection of the Cane Creek Reservoir and engaging senior citizens have been vital. Long before she chose to run for public office, Bonnie demonstrated her commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of Orange County.
Our county is growing. We need people with vision, common sense and talent to ensure that strategies for growth, economic development and public education are planned responsibly. We need leaders like Bonnie who have experience in finance, advocacy, good listening skills and an ability to effectively engage with residents from all backgrounds. Her ideas on thinking outside the proverbial box to identify gaps in needed services then search for ways to partner area businesses and nonprofit organizations to close gaps is the type of creative thinking needed for Orange County’s future.
For these reasons, we support Bonnie Hauser as our District 2 County Commissioner for Orange County and hope that you do, too.
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More than qualified
I’m writing to express my strong support for Mark for Orange County Commissioner. As a parent and supporter of our public schools, civil rights lawyer, and former small business owner, Mark is more than qualified. His excellent track record makes him an easy choice. Re-elect Dorosin.
Involved from start
I am a kindergarten teacher in Chapel Hill and had the pleasure of getting to know Penny Rich when her oldest son, Mikko, was a student in my class 16 years ago.
Penny was involved with my class from the very start. She remained committed to being a “class mom,” volunteered on every occasion, and joined me to read to the class whenever I called on her. Penny brought the class homemade latkes on Chanukah and taught the kids how to play dreidel. To this day, she has been one of the most involved and supportive parents that I have worked with.
I know Penny is passionate about our children, and as we face reductions in school funding from the state, it is important to have a leader like Penny in office. She will continue to protect teachers and students. I know that Penny will do everything she can to make sure we are being properly compensated for the important work we do and that our precious children have everything that they need to get the education they deserve. Let’s keep Penny Rich in office! Vote to re-elect Penny Rich, Orange County commissioner, District 1.
Penny Rich is a champion for protecting our natural resources and open space.
I serve with Commissioner Rich on the Orange County Intergovernmental Parks Work Group. Her thoughtful leadership on this board has led to more collaboration among local governments on park and recreation opportunities. She also supports the Lands Legacy program, which protects biologically sensitive area and farmland, and her work on the Solid Waste Advisory Group and Rogers Road task force have shown a strong commitment to environmental justice. I enthusiastically support her re-election.
I encourage you to re-elect Penny Rich to her Orange County commissioner seat. Although I recently moved from Chapel Hill after almost 10 years in the community, I still own property there and have a deep connection to the area.
Penny has been a strong and committed advocate for justice and equity in the community. She is consistently present and available to her constituents, eager to hear what we have to say and dedicated to making sure we have adequate information about county activities. Her efforts on the Rogers Road task force have been important in developing an infrastructure to provide services to that community and to create the Rogers Road Community Center.
She has been a passionate supporter of public transportation to aid in reducing the county’s carbon footprint. Penny has helped to protect Orange County’s natural habitats by encouraging land acquisitions via the Lands Legacy Program, and she is also a strong supporter of the county’s voluntary land preservation program. If you care about the environment, public education, and social justice, please re-elect Penny Rich.
When Matt Hughes was growing up in Hillsborough, a Head Start program helped him to overcome a significant speech defect. That gave him first-hand experience in how early education can help kids to get started on the right track.
After being raised by a single mom and getting help from other government programs, Matt’s carried those concerns over into his campaign for Orange County commissioner (at-large seat). In addition to making sure that our schools have the resources they need to help all students to excel in life, his goals are to strengthen the economy by smart growth that includes affordable housing, livable wages, widespread Internet broadband access and better transit options.
I’m supporting him because, as Orange County Democratic chair, he demonstrated the vision, energy, knowledge and skills to bring people together and achieve goals.
As a recent UNC-CH grad, Matt will bring the perspective of the Millennial generation to the board of commissioners. And as a lifelong resident, he’ll represent all sections of the county, from Mebane to Carrboro. In pledging to be available anytime, anywhere, he’ll be a leader who listens.
Through 12 years of service with Jamezetta Bedford on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board, I have learned quite a bit about her and am delighted she is seeking to continue to serve our community.
Jamezetta is community-minded and socially conscious, always working toward the common good. She is very diligent and always willing to put in the time and effort to reach out to constituents. She was routinely well prepared for board meetings and attended many meetings of the county commissioners and other community groups as well.
Jamezetta is an active listener. She seeks to understand each person’s position and not infrequently revised her position based on new information.
For these reasons, as well as her passion for public service and demonstrated track record of successful leadership on the school board, she would be a great addition to the Board of County Commissioners, and I encourage you to vote for Jamezetta Bedford.
The right policies
I have been looking hard at the commissioner candidates for the primary this year as part of the Orange/Chatham Sierra Club’s endorsement team. I’m impressed with the number of good people running but agree with the N.C. Sierra Club Chapter that the people with the right policies and experience to meet environmental needs of Orange County are Mark Marcoplos for the at-large seat, Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich for District 1, and Renee Price for District 2.
Renee Price and Mark Marcoplos are two excellent candidates for our Orange County Board of Commissioners. Renee, running for a second term has proven to be an intelligent and, most importantly, a responsive Commissioner. She deserves a second term.
Mark Marcoplus, has served the county for decades on various committees and commissions. As a construction contractor he is wonderfully aware of the good, the bad and the ugly in our codes. A dedicated environmentalist and advocate for sustainability, he will be a great addition to the Commission.
Please, neighbors, give them your votes.
Please send letters of up to 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for endorsement letters for the March 15 primary has passed.