Chaney to run for alderman

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Planning board chair Bethany Chaney will run for the Carrboro Board of Alderman seat left vacant by Mayor Lydia Lavelle in a special election May 6.
In a press release last week, Chaney announced her run for former Alderman Lavelle’s seat, noting her time as a public servant among the assets she would bring to the board.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve Carrboro at the next level,” Chaney said. “As alderman, I’ll put to use my knowledge and experience with public-private partnerships and resources, helping Carrboro expand its toolbox to support sustainable economic development and an affordable, equitable quality of life for our diverse residents.”
Lavelle ran unopposed and followed a path similar to former Mayor Mark Chilton who served as an alderman before becoming mayor.
Aldermen Sammy Slade, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Jacquelyn Gist were re-elected in November.
Chaney now serves on the aldermen’s Affordable Housing Task Force and the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition. As chair of the planning board, she worked to organize and facilitate several affordable housing conversations in 2012.
Wanting to expand affordable rental housing and homeownership, Chaney said as an alderman she also would seek to improve infrastructure in Carrboro and strengthen the town’s community engagement through technology and other methods.
“There are so many positive things happening in Carrboro but also some important issues that will require well-informed, thoughtful approaches and creative tools over the coming years,” she said.
Chaney held program and management positions in the nonprofit sector for almost 20 years in community development, youth development programs and homeless services in North Carolina, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.
In Carrboro since 2004, Chaney has her own consulting firm that provides strategic, program and business planning with a focus on community economic development and community development financial institutions as well as foundations that invest in these areas.
Chaney is a Chapel Hill native and writer. She was an N.C. Arts Council Fellow and received the William Saroyan Society Centennial Prize for Non-Fiction.