Chaney wins alderman race
Bethany Chaney is looking forward to working with the residents of Carrboro as its newest alderman.
Chaney won 57.69 percent of the votes in the eight voting precincts. Challenger Theresa Watson secured 26.26 percent of the votes while Talal Asad finished with 14.83 percent.
Write-in candidates received 1.22 percent of the votes.
Chaney, Watson and Asad were vying for the position left vacant by Lydia Lavelle when she became mayor of Carrboro.
Chaney will finish out Lavelle’s term through 2015 and said she is excited to serve the town.
“I learned a whole lot about the town of Carrboro during the campaign and that’ll be really important and I’ll have some perspective going to the board,” she said.
Chaney said that while the campaign trail was long and arduous, it was effective in helping her learn about the concerns of her constituents directly.
“I actually found Carrboro residents to be fully engaged,” she said. “Everyone is interested and informed and while they may not agree on every point with each other, they’re willing to talk about it on a high level.”
Chaney said that affordable housing is high on her list of issues to address for Carrboro.
During her campaign, Chaney said that affordable housing was a priority, including a dedicated funding source. She also said that more creative public engagement is a priority.