On Nov. 3, residents of Chapel Hill will vote for four Town Council members and the mayor. As you consider the candidates, I want to share some of the reasons why I have chosen to run and what I hope to achieve if elected.
I believe that Chapel Hill should be a vibrant, diverse, sustainable, and affordable community. This belief has motivated me to seek election to our Town Council in order to ensure that this vision represents both our present and our future. If am fortunate enough to be elected I intend to devote my energies to:
▪ Creating more and better jobs, especially for our younger and economically disadvantaged residents, who are all too often underemployed
▪ Growing and diversifying our supply of affordable housing so that it is available to more residents across a broader range of income groups
▪ Strengthening Chapel Hill Transit and creating new and expanding existing regional connections to Durham, Raleigh, RTP, Mebane and other parts of the Triangle
▪ Ensuring that our town government works for and is responsive to the needs of all of its residents
In short, I want our town to be as special for the next generation of Chapel Hillians – folks like my daughter Stephanie and her husband Samuel – as it is for those of us who are fortunate enough to live here today.
In the weeks ahead we’ll hear a lot about the differences among the candidates, particularly in terms of growth, development, financial stewardship, and the direction in which the town is heading. And I don’t want to minimize these differences. They are real and each of the voters should weigh them carefully as they decide for whom to vote.
But I’d also like to focus on the things about which we agree – the things that make Chapel Hill so special. To me what makes our Town so special is not only its beauty, although we have that in abundance. And it’s not what our buildings look like and how large they are, although that is certainly important. What makes us special is the people who live here and what goes on in our buildings. And in this we are incredibly fortunate. We have residents who are committed to social justice, to sustainability and environmental protection, to helping the less fortunate among us, to tolerance and equality, and to excellence in education.
And we have so many things to do, whether it’s eating in our great restaurants, attending the many athletic events at UNC, going to concerts or theater at our many venues, taking advantage of our parks and recreational facilities, or working with our many non-profits.
It is an honor and a privilege for me to running for office in this town that means so much to me and my wife. And beyond the issues that I want to focus on or the ideas that I’ll talking about on the campaign trail, what I offer is a deep and abiding commitment to our town, a desire to be a council member for all of our residents, and a promise to do everything in my power to ensure that our community is as special for the next generation of Chapel Hillians as it is for us.
Editor’s note: All submissions by and about candidates in the Nov. 3 elections must be received by Friday, Oct. 16. Candidates who have not had a guest column already published, are invited to send up to 600 words to firstname.lastname@example.org