Chapel Hill News

Senate District 23 meeting set

Interested residents can meet the candidates Wednesday and speak to the committee that will choose one person to fill a vacant District 23 Senate seat.

The public information session will be held at 7 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Courthouse, 179 E. Franklin St. Members of the N.C. Senate District 23 Democratic Party Executive Committee also will be there to ask the candidates questions.

The committee will make its decision in an official meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Holmes Room at the Chatham Community Library, 197 N.C. 87 North, Pittsboro. That meeting also is open to the public.

Former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird’s recent resignation has attracted at least seven candidates. They are former state Rep. Alice Bordsen, who represented Alamance County; attorney Heidi Chapman; retiring Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton; state Rep. Valerie Foushee; attorney M. Lynette Hartsell; former Carrboro Mayor Jim Porto; and author and educator Amy Tiemann.

Candidates must be a resident of the 23rd Senate District, which represents Chatham and Orange counties, and a registered Democrat. Residents interested in applying for the seat should send an email containing a resume and any supporting material to the committee at

Applications or requests for information also can be directed to the Democratic Party chairmen in Chatham or Orange County – or