Opinion

Running to keep Carrboro a real hometown – Randee Haven-O’Donnell

On Friday, July 7, I filed for re-election to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.

Serving my hometown is an immense honor. Carrboro is an inclusive and progressive community. During my time on the board, I’ve worked hard to provide steady, thoughtful and proactive leadership by staying in touch with community interests and concerns and by supporting town policies that reflect community engagement and resolution.

Some folks grew up in Carrboro. Many of us who grew up elsewhere chose to live in Carrboro for a reason. Perhaps it was the human-scale, right-size of Carrboro’s downtown locally owned shops. Perhaps it was the abundance of tree canopy along our streets and the Carolina North Forest at Carrboro’s core. Or maybe it was the comfort and ease we feel in this place, a sense of place that was perfectly captured by Splinter Group’s Carrboro brand tagline, “It’s Carrboro, Feel Free.”

Truly, you can’t make this place up. Carrboro is a real hometown.

I grew up in New York. As a teenager, I admired and was inspired by Rep. Shirley Chisholm, an educator, civil rights advocate, feminist, and U.S. political leader. Chisholm once said: “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” In announcing my candidacy to serve another term on our Carrboro Board of Aldermen, I pledge to continue my service as an engaged, hardworking, trustworthy, collaborative, and no-nonsense advocate for Carrboro who implements ideas and works to get things done.

Here is a snapshot of some of my work with the Board of Aldermen: I have served on many task forces: Local Living Economy, Community Climate Change, Orange County Southwest Branch Library, El Centro Hispano Day Laborers Task Force. I also advocated for and helped initiate El Centro Hispano’s Center for Employment and Leadership, Carrboro’s Stormwater Utility. I served on a town neighborhood and developer mediation team, liaison to the Planning Board Environmental Advisory Board, Greenway Commission, Solid Waste Advisory Board, Carrboro Farmers Market Advisory Board. For a more in-depth list of the town actions I have advocated and supported in social justice, environment, energy, local economy, transportation, and housing, see the Facebook link below.

These are extraordinary times in our nation and state, times that test our courage, our moral compass, and our confidence in representative government. In this time, people yearn for government that is authentically inclusive of their concerns, that works for them, and that they can trust. The expectation of truth and trust in government begins locally, within our hometown.

You can follow me on Twitter @ranhaven, and I will be posting updates and events on mypolitical Facebook page www.facebook.com/ranhaven Please “Like” this page for up to date information.

Editor’s note: The Herald-Sun invites all candidates in the fall elections to submit up to one letter of 250 words per month and a total of two guest columns of up to 750 words between now and Oct. 15 to letters@heraldsun.com

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