Orange County

Incumbents, Marcoplos win Orange County commissioners race

Mark Marcoplos
Mark Marcoplos

Voters elected green homebuilder Mark Marcoplos and three incumbent commissioners to four-year terms Tuesday on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

Roughly 18 percent – 19,989 of the county’s 108,925 registered voters – cast early ballots this year, according to the Orange County Board of Elections. The total turnout was reported at over 43 percent.

The night’s closest race early on was between incumbent Commissioner Mark Dorosin – in second place for one of two District 1 seats with 10,216 votes – and challenger Jamezetta Bedford. Bedford, a former school board member, was in third place with 9,840 votes.

Incumbent Commissioner Penny Rich had 12,802 votes to lead the four-person field in District 1, which covers southeastern Orange County, including Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Southern Village resident Gary Kahn was in fourth place.

At-large candidate Mark Marcoplos won with a 1,749-vote lead on his closest competitor, Orange County Democratic Party Chairman Matt Hughes, with 13,932 votes to 12,183 votes, respectively. The winner will replace Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier, who will step down in December after eight years on the board.

Andy Cagle, an Efland businessman, was in third with 3,713 votes. All Democratic voters in Orange County cast ballots for the at-large seat.

Incumbent Commissioner Renee Price also emerged victorious in the District 2 race, with 6,245 votes to 4,047 votes for challenger Bonnie Hauser, a community activist and retired partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. District 2 covers Hillsborough, Efland and the unincorporated portion of the county.

Board of Education

Victory was a sure thing Tuesday for the three men, including two incumbents, running for three open seats on the Orange County Board of Education.

School board members Stephen Halkiotis and Tony McKnight each will serve a third, four-year term on the seven-member board. Mebane resident Matthew Roberts, a former Burlington Industries operations manager, will join them in July.

Michael Hood also was elected to an unexpired, two-year term on the school board Tuesday. He garnered 6,056 votes and will join the board in July, filling the seat previously held by Rosa Williams. Williams died while in office last year.

The remaining ballots were cast for his opponent, John Hamilton – with 4,247 votes – and write-in candidates – with 1,401 votes.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

Orange County

Board of Commissioners At Large


Andy Cagle 12.45%

Matt Hughes 40.84%

Mark Marcoplos 46.71%

44 precincts of 44 reporting

Board of Commissioners District 1


Jamezetta Bedford 28.88%

Mark Dorosin (i) 29.98%

Gary P. Kahn 3.56%

Penny Rich (i) 37.57%

29 precincts of 29 reporting

Board of Commissioners District 2


Bonnie Hauser 39.32%

Renee Price (i) 60.68%

16 precincts of 16 reporting

Board of Education (full term)


Stephen H. Halkiotis (i) 33.32%

Tony McKnight (i) 32.48%

Matthew Roberts 30.77%

16 precincts of 16 reporting

Board of Education (unexpired term)


John D. Hamilton 36.29%

Michael H. Hood 51.74%

16 precincts of 16 reporting