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Welcome to OrangePolitics, the online home for progressive perspectives on Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and the rest of beautiful Orange County. In addition to the posts you see here on the front page, check out all the latest content and the calendar of events.

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OCDP Sheriff's Candidates Forum Recap

Here's our Storify from the OCDP's Sheriff's Candidate Forum.

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Roses from the Chapel Hill News

Thanks so much to the Chapel Hill News for recognizing the good work of OrangePolitics and our recent leadership transition. Fortunately (or unfortunately, perhaps) the online version does not include my 1999 campaign headshot! Alert reader John Rees snapped a photo of it though.

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Seven Questions for This Year's Candidates For Register of Deeds

This election year, Orange County voters will be selecting a Register of Deeds from three potential candidates: Deborah Brooks, the current Register of Deeds; Mark Chilton, former Mayor of Carrboro; and Sara Stephens, former Deputy Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds is the custodian of many of the county’s public records including those relating to births, deaths, military discharges, marriage and property transfers.

In lieu of holding a candidate forum for the Register of Deeds race this cycle, we sent each candidate seven questions and asked them to respond to each in 200 words or less. The answers we received from them appear below. They have not been edited in any way.

Question One: Why is this an elected office?

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Apply for a Chapel Hill Advisory Board

Over the two years, Chapel Hill has gone through an extensive process to restructure our advisory boards and commissions. The main focus of this work has been to simplify the development review process, and has led to the creation of four major boards that will review development proposals (Planning Commission, Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board, Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board, and Housing Advisory Board). The town will be making appointments to these four boards this spring, and we need community members to step up and serve to help move our community forward. The town also has a number of vacancies on existing boards that may be filled this spring.

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This Week in Orange Politics: April 14-20

Though it's a short week at many government offices across Orange County, the county's public bodies are staying busy. Both the Chapel Hill Town County and the county school board will consider their budgets for the next fiscal year, while the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons will tackle parking. The Hillsborough Town Board will consider two specific projects, while the County Commission will consider its 2014 legislative agenda and discuss rural curbside recycling again.

 

Here's the summary: 

 

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERPERSONS

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Forum Open Thread: Orange County School Board

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County School Board candidate forum happening on April 13, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are six candidates for four seats: 

  • Greg Andrews - did not respond to our invitations to participate
  • Tom Carr - declined to participate in our forum
  • Donna Coffey
  • Michael Hood
  • Brenda Stephens - declined to participate in our forum
  • Rosa Williams

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/ocboe.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

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OP Live Candidate Forum: Orange County School Board

Welcome to the OrangePolitics candidate forum for the Orange County Board of Education. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Libbie Hough, a former member of the Orange County Board of Education, is the moderator.

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This Week in Orange Politics: April 7-13

Budgets and facilities planning will top the agendas of many of Orange County's public bodies this week. The Chapel Hill Town Council will receive an update from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools on facilities planning, while both the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education and the County Commission will work on priorities for upcoming budget years. The County Commission will also hear an update on the County Manager's proposed capital investment plan.

 

Some of the other events around the county will include a Rosemary Imagined Review Committee meeting, a Justice United forum on the influence of ALEC and an input session on the Southern Branch Library siting. 

 

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Forum Open Thread: Carrboro Board of Aldermen Special Election

Welcome to the open thread for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen Special Election candidate forum happening on April 6, 2014. Comments on this post will open at that time.

There are three candidates for one seat: 

  • Bethany Chaney
  • Talal Asad
  • Theresa Watson

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2014/forums/cboa.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

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