Lavelle announces run for Carrboro mayor
Carrboro Alderman Lydia Lavelle said Thursday that she plans to run for mayor of Carrboro in the November election.
Mayor Mark Chilton, who has served in that capacity since 2005, already has announced he will not be running for re-election in the fall.
Lavelle, a member of the Board of Aldermen since 2007, said that she wants to promote the values and ideals that have helped Carrboro become one of the “most progressive and forward-thinking communities in North Carolina.”
Lavelle is the town’s representative to the regional Transportation Advisory Committee of the Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (TAC-MPO), a group she formerly chaired. The TAC-MPO is composed of elected officials from Orange, Durham and Chatham counties and is responsible for addressing and planning for transportation needs for the region.
She also is a member of the Transit Partners Committee, a work group of elected officials and staff that discusses issues related to Chapel Hill Transit.
Lavelle also represents Carrboro on the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau board of directors, and is the aldermen board’s liaison to the appearance commission and Orange County’s Intergovernmental Parks Work Group.
Prior to her election in 2007, Lavelle served on the Carrboro Planning Board and on the New Horizon’s Task Force.
Lavelle is an assistant professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham and has lived in the Triangle area for 30 years.