January 19, 2016

County Commissioner Forums

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the NAACP will be holding a county commissioners candidate forum.

Wednesday, February 10 from 7 – 9 PM
OWASA Community Room, 
400 Jones Ferry Road
Carrboro, N.C.

Moderator: Diane Robertson


The Orange County Democratic Party and Orange County Democratic Women are thrilled to jointly host candidate forums for County Commissioner.  Here are the dates, times, and locations for the two candidate forums:

Candidate Forum for District One and At Large Seat

Sunday, February 28th from 4 – 6 PM

Lake Hogan Farms Club House

101 Commons Way, Chapel Hill


            District One Candidates:  Mark Dorosin, Penny Rich, Gary Kahn, Jamezetta Bedford

            At Large Candidates:  Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes, Mark Marcoplos

            Moderator: Mary Bushnell


Candidate Forum for District Two and At Large Seat

Wednesday, March 2nd from 7 – 9 PM

Whitted Human Services Center

300 W Tryon St, Meeting Room 230, Hillsborough


            District Two Candidates:  Renee Price, Bonnie Hauser

            At Large Candidates: Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes, Mark Marcoplos

            Moderator: Vicki Boyer


The format for both forums will be as follows:  one-minute introductory statements by the candidates, two rounds of the same question for each of the candidates, one round of candidate-specific questions, questions from the audience, and one-minute closing statements.  More details to follow as we get closer to the candidate forums.

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January 8, 2016

2016 Candidate Filings

Election filing for the 2016 primaries are complete and we now know who the candidates are!

Our legislators, Senator Valerie Foushee and Representatives Verla Insko and Graig Meyer, are running for another two year term. They are not opposed in the primary, but Senator Foushee and Representative Meyer are opposed in the General Election.

We have contested races for Orange County Commissioner. For the at-large seat Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes, and Mark Marcoplos are vying for an open-seat on the Board of County Commissioners. The winner will not face a Republican opponent in the General Election. For two district one seats up this year incumbents Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich are running for re-election, with former city school board chair Jamezetta Bedford and Gary Kahn running as well. The top two voter getters will receive the Democratic nomination and will not face a Republican opponent in the General Election. For district two incumbent Renee Price has filed for re-election and will be joined by Bonnie Hauser in the primary. The winner will not face a Republican opponent in the General Election.

The County Board of Education will also have their elections. There are three seats open for a full four year term. Incumbents Steve Halkiotis and Tony McKnight are running for another term, with Matthew Roberts running for the third seat. There are no other candidates for this race. There is a fourth seat up for election to complete the term of a former board member and there are two candidates: John Hamilton and Michael Hood. 

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November 3, 2015

Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Poll Information

Polls will open on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 and remain open from 6:30am until 7:30pm. 

You may use this link to determine your election day polling place according to your residential address. 


Voter ID is not required to vote in this year's elections.


Please note that there is no same-day registration on election day.   Click here to check your voter registration status.


Voters who appear on Election Day in the correct county but in the improper precinct may cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted for all contests in which the voter was eligible to participate.  This “out-of-precinct voting” is currently permitted due to a preliminary injunction granted under a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, but this option remains the subject of ongoing litigation in federal court. Please check back at this website for updates.  Click here to locate your assigned precinct polling location.

2015 Candidate Information
Voter Guide Hillsborough 2015, including for endorsed candidates Evelyn Lloyd, Brian Lowen, and Mark Bell for Town Board
Voter Guide Carrboro-Chapel Hill 2015

Chapel Hill Bond Referenda Information (External Link)

2015 Sample Ballots
School Board ONLY (parts of Cedar Falls, Colonial Heights, Dogwood Acres, Hogan Farms, Kings Mill, North Carrboro, Patterson, St. John)
Mebane Ballot (parts of Cheeks)
Carrboro Ballot (Carrboro, Lions Club, OWASA, Town Hall and parts of Damascus, Hogan Farms, Lions Club, North Carrboro, St. John)
Hillsborough Ballot (Hillsborough and parts of Cameron Park, Grady Brown, West Hillsborough)
Chapel Hill Ballot (Battle Park, Booker Creek, Coker Hills, Country Club, East Franklin, Eastside, Estes Hills, Glenwood, Greenwood, Lincoln, Mason Farm, Northside, Ridgefield, Weaver Dairy, Weaver Dairy Satellite, Westwood and parts of Cedar Falls, Colonial Heights, Dogwood Acres, Kings Mill, Patterson)

Not voting this fall: Caldwell, Carr, Cedar Grove, Coles Store, Efland, Eno, Orange Grove, St Marys, Tolars, White Cross.

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October 28, 2015

Early Voting Continues…Go Vote!

Elections have consequences. That's why the Orange County Democratic Party have endorsed Democrats Evelyn Lloyd, Brian Lowen, and Mark Bell.


Between these three candidates they have decades of service to the Town of Hillsborough and our greater Orange County community. Whether it has been as part of the current membership of the Town Board, service on town advisory boards, or in the community, these candidates exemplify the character and values that make Hillsborough and Orange County great.

These Democrats are opposed by two conservative independent candidates with a public record that contrasts strongly with the values of Hillsborough and the Orange County community. This write-up from the Indy Week simply underscores this point.

Don't forget to vote Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday between the hours of 9am and 6pm at the Orange County Board of Elections located at 208 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough. Alternatively, you may vote at the Seymour Senior Center, Chapel of the Cross, and Carrboro Town Hall Wednesday and Thursday from 12pm to 7pm and Friday from 12pm to 6pm. You may also cast your vote on Saturday from 9am to 1pm at all sites. For more information, including voter guides and sample ballots, please visit our website: orangedems.com/2015-election-information.

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October 20, 2015

Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast

While certain elected officials have chosen to shirk their responsibilities after taking the oath of office, Orange County Register of Deeds Mark Chilton is honoring his affirmed duties and issuing same sex marriage licenses. In fact, Mark has been in the vanguard declaring the the right of people to marry those whom they love. Please join us for the next gathering of the Northern Orange Democratic Breakfast Group on Saturday, October 24, as we hear about the role of the Register of Deeds and the daily work of that office.

Mark Chilton was elected to the office of Register of Deeds in November 2014, and now serves as custodian and manager of a large number of public records. By law, the Register of Deeds is charged with the integrity, accuracy, and safekeeping of these public records. Previously, Mark served as Mayor of the Town of Carrboro and before that, served on the Chapel Hill Town Council when in 1991, at age 21, he became the youngest elected official in North Carolina.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Village Diner
600 West King St, Hillsborough, NC

Mark has a background as a real estate attorney and former director of EmPOWERment, and he is also a TarHeel. Please bring a friend and join the dialogue with Mark Chilton.

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