Commissioners race taking shape

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

The Orange County commissioner race will have Mia Burroughs on the ballot instead of Alice Gordon along with incumbents Earl McKee and Barry Jacobs.

In a statement released earlier this month, Gordon announced that she will not seek re-election after serving for more than two decades.
“I have had the honor and privilege of being a county commissioner for more than twenty years and I wish to thank the residents of Orange County for their confidence and trust in electing me six times,” she said in the statement. “I believe that we have made great progress in addressing the goals I set out to accomplish when I first ran for office.”
Gordon was first elected to office in 1990 and has served as chair of the Triangle Transit Board of Trustees and of the policy board of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization.
As commissioner Gordon has focused on environmental protection, regional transportation and public education. Seeking Gordon’s seat on the Board of Orange County Commissioners is Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools board of education member Mia Burroughs.
Burroughs will seek the District 1 seat. Noting that “… Alice Gordon, has made long-lasting contributions to our county and, when she retires from the commission next December, will leave big shoes to fill,” Burroughs wants to apply her experience on the school board to the larger Orange County.
District 1 includes Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Burroughs said that she has gained an understanding of county budget, worked to ease tension between the county’s two school districts and, if elected, be the commissioner with direct experience with the county’s largest expenditure, the school systems.
Orange County commissioner at-large member Barry Jacobs said that he too will be seeking re-election this year.
“With a new county manager and only one other commissioner in office for more than a single term, I believe my experienced leadership is especially valuable at this time,” Jacobs said via email. “I look forward to continuing to advance the values and interests of all Orange County residents.”
Jacobs said that he is ready to build upon the strong support the board has given for “public education, environmental protection, economic development guided by sound land planning, helping those least able to help themselves, fiscal discipline and intergovernmental cooperation.”
Commissioner Earl McKee announced in December that he will seek re-election to his District 2 seat after three years of service.
McKee along with Commissioner Renee Price represent the largest district in the county which include the bulk of Orange County including Hillsborough and Mebane.