Filing for office begins noon July 6th and ends noon July 20th.
Confirmed candidates for Chapel Hill Council and Mayoral races are:
- Kevin Foy, current incumbent Mayor.
- Sally Greene, 4-year incumbent Council member, ‘blogger.
- Cam Hill (yes, quite a scary snapshot but there was no official site I could find), another 2003 winner and incumbent Council member
- Bill Strom, another incumbent and current Mayor Pro-Tem (foiled, it seems this round in his quest for the Mayoralship)
As far as current Council members, that leaves Jim Ward yet to declare.
According to local political pundit and Chapel Hill Herald columnist Tom Jensen “this election is probably going to be a snoozer in Chapel Hill” (OP) because “it will be an uphill battle since incumbents rarely lose in Chapel Hill and I donâ€™t think anyone on Council has done anything to outrage any broad segment of the citizenry.”
Interesting spin from Tom but maybe he’s right – no one will rise to the challenge.
I helped Bill, Sally and Cam during the 2003 election, so this year presents some interesting contrasts. Strangely enough (cough, cough), Bill, Sally and Cam represented the Town in the RAM Development/Lot $$$5 debacle.
One might assume that they saw this as a career enhancer – it’ll be interesting to see how their white whale plays during the election cycle.
Tom, maybe possible contenders, like the Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth (NRG) Mike Collin’s or frequent OrangePolitics poster and the Planning Board’s George Cianciolo or a few more locally active folks will be scared off by the awesome weight of incumbency.
We’ll see, as July 20th is a short two weeks away.
In the “cooler” (at least according to WCHL‘s Ron Stutts) ‘berg of Carrboro
- Appointed Board of Alderman Dan Coleman (Dan, more content on the site please)
- popular Mayor Mark Chilton
- and newly announced (via the Chapel Hill New’s OrangeChat ‘blog)Lydia Lavelle.
are on deck. Current BOA members Joal Broun and Alex Zaffron haven’t officially said which way they’ll jump though I’ve read that Alex might pass.
Who else might run?
In Carrboro, folks are looking North to Katrina Ryan, a 2005 candidate that more than a few folks thought deserved Dan Coleman’s seat.
Carrboro’s NTA (Northern Territories) have more than a few possible candidates to draw upon, including the newly announced Lydia Lavelle. Lydia, who is coincidentally a partner in Foy and Lavelle (yes, that Foy), threw her hat into the appointment ring with Dan and the Village Project’s James Carnahan.
Will James or former well-liked candidate David Marshall make a run? I haven’t heard though the cool ‘berg of Carrboro would be well-served by their entry.
[UPDATE:] Someone asks “Is that all the potential candidates I can think of?” Not really, but I figure time will tell and, hopefully, we’ll all be pleasantly surprised.