More voters cast a ballot when a state or national race is on the line, but town boards have the biggest direct impact on daily life.
Mayors and town boards set local budgets and property tax rates, decide how land is developed, and make policies affecting services, the local economy and more for years to come.
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens announced in June he would not run for an eighth term as mayor. Town Commissioner Jennifer Weaver then announced her intent to run for mayor, which if she wins would open her commissioner seat for another candidate. Weaver’s current term in office expires in 2021.
Hillsborough residents interested in being mayor or joining the Board of Commissioners must file a notice of candidacy with the Orange County Board of Elections by noon Friday, July 19. Candidates also must set up a campaign finance committee within 10 days of filing their notice and comply with other campaign rules.
Voters must be age 18 and older, and a resident of Hillsborough. They can register to vote in the November election at the Elections office through Friday, Oct. 11, or at an Early Voting location using same-day registration. A valid form of identification is required. Orange County’s early voting period will run from Oct. 16 to Nov. 1.
Absentee voting by mail also is available. Voters should request a ballot using the required Absentee Ballot Request form. Requests can be submitted in person at the Orange County Board of Elections, 208 S. Cameron St. in Hillsborough; by mail at P.O. Box 220, Hillsborough, NC 27278; by email at email@example.com; or fax at 919-644-3318.
Below are those candidates who have filed so far.
* denotes incumbent, or person currently holding that post
Mayor (2-year term)
▪ Name: Jennifer (Jenn) Weaver (Mayor pro tem)
Address: West Queen Street
Political experience: Town Commissioner, 2013-present; Upper Neuse River Basin Association; Family Success Alliance board; Orange County Food Council; Orange County Climate Advisory Board; Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization
Career: Yoga instructor, former public policy researcher
Board of Commissioners (4-year term)
▪ Name: Mark Bell*
Address: West King Street, Hillsborough
Political experience: Town commissioner since 2015; former chair, Historic District Commission
Career: Principal, Health Management Associates
▪ Name: Matt Hughes*
Address: Waterstone Park Circle, Hillsborough
Political experience: Town Board member since 2018; Orange County Board of Adjustment; Orange County Human Relations Commission; former chair, Orange County Democratic Party; second vice chair for the N.C. Democratic Party; N.C. Human Relations Commission; Orange County Partnership for Young Children; Hillsborough Tourism Board; Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority; Kidscope Advisory Council; Orange County Historical Museum Board of Directors
Career: Accounting and Human Resources Manager, Forward Cities
▪ Name: Evelyn Lloyd*
Address: West Tryon Street, Hillsborough
Political Experience: Town Commissioner since 1991; Historic Hillsborough Commission member for 41 years; former member, Orange County Health Board, Orange County Human Relations Commission, Orange County Board of Elections and N.C. Pharmaceutical Association board; former member and president, N.C. Board of Pharmacy
Career: Pharmacist and owner, Lloyd’s Pharmacy
The story will be updated as more candidates file to run for office.