Politics & Government

Marcoplos will run again in Orange County

Home builder Mark Marcoplos announced this week he will run a third time for a seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

Marcoplos ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate in 1992 and as a Democrat in 2014. He filed for the 2016 election just days after Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Bernadette Pelissier announced she would be retiring.

The 2016 candidate filing period starts Dec. 1 and closes Dec. 21. The primary is March 15.

Marcoplos, a regular newspaper columnist and member of the Orange County Housing Authority, previously served as a member of the Economic Development Commission, Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors and the county Planning Board.

Orange County is facing “unprecedented” challenges, he said.

“It will take creative and pro-active leadership, informed by an understanding of local history, to ensure that we address these challenges while retaining the basic values that have always guided us – support for high-quality education, protection of the environment, sustainable economic development, and taking care of our neighbors who are in need,” Marcoplos said.

Diversity confab set

The Great Schools in Wake Coalition has changed the date for an upcoming community meeting designed to come up with suggestions for helping to promote diverse school enrollments in Wake County.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m at Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave. in Raleigh. Organizers are finalizing a vision statement to share with elected officials and the public across the county for how to promote school diversity.

At the last meeting in October, attendees broke into small groups to create lists of the components needed to carry out a new vision statement. Components include how to reduce high concentrations of poverty and promote diverse populations while dealing with demands of growth and the efficient use of school facilities.

The coalition is a community group formed in opposition to the former Republican majority on the Wake school board. It’s stated mission is to promote public education in Wake County.

Wake school have become more segregated by race and income this decade as school leaders have become leery of going back to the days of making widespread student assignment changes to balance school enrollments.

Political events

▪ Allan Freyer, director of the Worker’s Rights Project at the N.C. Justice Center, will speak to the Wake Senior Democrats on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Crabtree Marriott in Raleigh. The meeting starts at 11 a.m. with lunch followed by the program at 11:30 a.m.

▪ Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson will speak on “Affordable Housing and Raleigh’s Unified Development Ordinance” at a Timely Topics brown bag lunch sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wake County on Friday, Nov. 20. It begins at noon in the fellowship hall of Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Road in Raleigh. More information at www.lwvwake.org or by calling 919-783-5995.

Compiled by Tammy Grubb and T. Keung Hui

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