As someone who has worked for years on environmental issues, I am wholeheartedly supporting Renee Price for Orange Board of County Commissioners.
Proud to support Dorosin
I am proud to join friends, community leaders, civil rights and social justice activists in supporting the re-election of Mark Dorosin as Orange County commissioner. He has brought to his role as our elected leader, his two decades of commitment to make our community stronger and more just by challenging those in power who would discriminate against workers, people of color, students, seniors, low-wealth residents, women seeking reproductive health care and the LGBT community.
As commissioner and organizer, Mark has joined our statewide coalitions to counter the regressive tax and spending priorities of our N.C. General Assembly. Together with his colleagues, he has struggled to address the specific impact of state legislative policies on our county. As our elected leader and vice chair of the BOCC, Mark has vigorously worked to support our public schools, protect our environment, championed workers rights to a living wage and affordable health care, pursued sustainable economic development, pressed for the expansion of affordable housing and critical social services, and assured government accountability for county expenditures and revenue collection.
At the same time I have worked with and supported Mark as a public advocate, I also know him and his great partner, Bronwyn as public school parents of and role models for their three children.
3 for county board
My votes for Orange County commissioners will be based on what I think is best for the schools this year. For District 1, I will be casting my vote for Jamezetta Bedford. Jamezetta’s knowledge extends well beyond the schools but what is most critical for me is her knowledge of the intersection between affordability, equity and education. As a county, we can devote huge sums to education, but that would have a negative impact on affordability which in turn impacts the students who populate our schools. Jamezetta gets the internal feedback loop. She also understands the need for equity between the city schools and the county schools. At this time of near educational crisis, I believe Jamezetta is the single best candidate for our county.
For the at-large commissioner seat, I plan to cast my vote for Matt Hughes. Matt was a student in the Orange County Schools system and brings that often ignored perspective to governance. Not only can he more clearly represent the student view of local education, but he’s also a young person, a threatened breed in Orange County. We need to keep those young people who are born and raised in this community and Matt is our opportunity to send a very clear, direct signal that this is an important issue to those of us who are older.
I do not get to vote for the District 2 seat, but if I could I would vote for Renee Price For Orange County Commissioner. Renee is quiet and thoughtful. While she doesn’t speak as frequently as some of the others, when she does, her words are worth listening too. She understands her role in representing the rural residents, and she is fierce in her advocacy for the environment.
2 who get numbers
With all the noise about the presidential primaries, it is easy to forget the importance of local elections. In strongly Democrat Orange County, the primary Tuesday that decides the Democratic candidates will de facto serve as the election for four critical County Commissioner seats. Our two local school districts receive almost 50 percent of their funding from Orange County, and they in turn represent just a little under 50 percent of our county budget. The primary election results will play a big role in determining the strength of our local public schools for years to come.
As a strong advocate for public schools, I hope that District 1 voters will join me in supporting Jamezetta Bedford. Jamezetta has been a tireless advocate for schools even long before her twelve years of service on the school board. Her service on the CHCCS Board of Education coupled with her strong financial background as a CPA ensures that she has the understanding to address the challenges facing our County budget as the State shifts away from funding public education.
In District 2 Bonnie Hauser represents another strong voice for public schools. Bonnie does not just play lip service to supporting schools, she plays an active role as volunteer, student mentor and participant in planning at the district level. Like Jamezetta, she gets the numbers and know how to develop funding polices that will protect our schools from uncertainty from the state. Her track record of success in local advocacy proves she has the ability to make positive common sense changes happen.
I hope that everyone will take the time to closely look at our local candidates and make voting decisions to keep Orange County strong and moving forward.
Vote for the incumbents
I am proud of being a resident of Orange County, and proud of the values and culture that define our communities. Our elected officials reflect these values, and promote transparent governance that is inclusive, respectful, progressive, and forward-looking.
I believe that our incumbent Orange County Commissioners running for re-election have served us well, and I am grateful for their willingness to continue their service. Penny Rich, Mark Dorosin, and Renee Price understand the interrelated nature of our complex issues, and have knowledge and insight necessary to continue to work on our behalf. Please join me in supporting their candidacies for re-election to the Orange County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
This election I am enthusiastically supporting Mark Marcoplos for at-large county commissioner.
For over 25 years, I’ve known of Mark’s work for justice, environmental stewardship, and good planning. I first got to know him as a local leader who would help stand against abuses of government power in Washington and Raleigh and stand for women’s rights.
Mark was the first green builder that I knew of as a young environmental planner, years before green building was “in.” He has served on the OWASA Board to push innovative and sustainable water supply management, including strong water conservation practices and wastewater reclamation and reuse. While a number of elected officials and candidates are calling for changes to the rules for the Rural Buffer to allow more development, Mark has worked to preserve the Rural Buffer and the health, environmental, and farmland protection it provides our community. He understands that development of the Rural Buffer will benefit builders and developers, but not generate affordable housing as some claim.
I see Mark’s deep care and concern for the poor on a weekly basis. Since last August, I’ve served with him on the Steering Committee for Orange County Living Wage where we certify employers in the county who voluntarily pay their employees a living wage and then recognize and reward those employers. Mark works tirelessly on this community initiative with his usual non-dogmatic principle, wisdom, perspective, and wonderful sense of humor. All great qualities in a county commissioner.
As you likely know, Mark Marcoplos is running for a seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners as an at-large candidate. I have known Mark for over 20 years and had an opportunity to serve with him on the OWASA Board of Directors.
Mark brings an extensive portfolio of experience in a variety of capacities in his service to the Orange County community writ large. Among that service it includes the Orange County Economic Development Commission, Orange County Planning Board, and the Orange County Housing Authority. This experience is absolutely essential as the county moves forward in its plans to grow.
In particular, his experience on the Orange County Economic Development Commission is important because it has provided real understanding of the problems in attracting new business which can help to reduce the dependence on the homeowner-based tax base.
I, and many other officials who have served in a public capacity, understand Mark’s capabilities and fully endorse his candidacy. If you would like some additional information, please go to his website http://www.marcoplosforcommissioner.com where you can see more information.
Please vote for Mark. He will be a great Commissioner!
Alan E. Rimer