More join races as filing deadline nears
When the Town Council appointed Sally Greene to fill the vacancy created after former councilwoman Penny Rich left to join the Orange County Board of Commissioners, the decision disappointed some residents who applied for the post.
In the weeks leading up to the appointment, there was a lot of talk in town about the advantages of bringing on someone new versus appointing someone with previous council experience.
On the night the appointment was made, the council went with experience, choosing Greene.
Councilwoman Laurin Easthom urged the remaining 10 applicants and anyone disappointed by the decision to run for election this fall.
“If there is anyone out there who doesn’t like our council choice tonight, I’m sure that most people do, but if they don’t, they have a chance to vote for their candidate if they run in the fall or they can run themselves,” Easthom said at that January council meeting.
So far, five of the 11 applicants who applied to fill the vacancy have tossed their names into the ring for the four seats up for grabs in the November election.
The most recent is Loren Hintz, who filed this week.
She joins Greene who won the appointment, Gary Kahn, Paul Neebe and Maria Palmer.
George Cianciolo, who considered applying for the vacant seat, has also filed for election along with Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison.
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt has also filed for re-election, and will run unopposed if no one files for election to the mayor’s seat by noon Friday when the filing period ends.
The council is assured of at least two new members because Easthom and Gene Pease are not seeking re-election.
In other Orange County races, James Barrett, an incumbent member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, which has three seats in play, filed the first day to run again.
Michelle Brownstein, an incumbent and the board’s chairwoman, joined the school board race Monday.
In Hillsborough, incumbent Mayor Tom Stevens has filed to run again, while Jenn Weaver, Kathleen Ferguson and Meighan Lela Carmichael have filed for two seats up for grabs on the Town Commission.
In Carrboro, N.C. Central University law professor and Board of Aldermen member Lydia Lavelle filed to replace outgoing Mayor Mark Chilton.
Incumbents Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Jacquelyn Gist and Sammy Slade have filed to return as aldermen, with a third seat left to fill and no immediate opposition.
And in Mebane, incumbents Ed Hooks, Tim Bradley and Jill Auditori have filed for election to three council seats.
The filing period ends Friday at noon.