Foushee to meet constituents in town hall series

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 08:38 AM

Last month, Valerie Foushee was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird who resigned in August citing frustration with the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
Now, Foushee, who was a state representative before the appointment, wants to meet, and, in many instances, reconnect with the citizens in Chatham and Orange counties she will represent in her new role as the District 23 state senator.
She will hold five town hall meetings Oct. 22 through Nov. 18 to receive feedback from her constituents and to share her vision for North Carolina.
“I believe that elected representatives need to listen to their constituents and understand their concerns to truly understand their concerns to truly represent them in Raleigh,” Foushee said in a statement announcing the town hall series.
Matt Hughes, chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, said holding the town hall meetings is a good move for the new senator.
“It allows her to go around the district in Orange County and Chatham [County] and have a chance to introduce herself, and in a lot of cases reintroduce herself to the constituents in the 23rd District,” Hughes said.
Foushee represented parts of Orange and Durham counties while holding the House District 50 seat. She has also served on the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board.
Hughes said the 50th House District Executive Committee is expected to meet in the next week or two to begin the process of filling the seat vacated by Foushee.

So far, seven people are seeking appointment to the vacant House seat.
They are Durham businessman Tommy McNeil, Chapel Hill Town Councilwoman Laurin Easthom, Graig Meyer, a veteran educator and social worker, Orange County Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier, Drew Nelson, a Raleigh attorney who lives in Chapel Hill, Travis Phelps, who unsuccessfully ran for the state House District seat in 2012 and Danielle Adams, a Durham Soil and Water Conversation District supervisor, who is also running for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District seat.

Here are the locations and starting times for Foushee’s town hall events:
-- Hillsborough – Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Orange County Public Library (137 W Margaret Lane).
-- Pittsboro – Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Chatham Community Library (197 N.C. Hwy 87 N).
-- Chapel Hill – Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Drive).
-- Siler City – Nov. 14, 1 p.m., West Chatham Senior Center (112 Village Lake Road).
-- Carrboro – Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Orange Water and Sewer Authority (400 Jones Ferry Road).
All events will be open and free to the public. More information about them can be found at or by emailing