September 24, 2015

Legislative Breakfast with Special Guest Hon. Kay Hagan

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September 23, 2015

Early Voting Volunteers

Early voting for the municipal elections gets underway next month, and the OCDP is gearing up for full coverage at each of the four early voting sites in Orange County.  We need greeters to pass out sample ballots and voters guides, as well as field questions from voters.  What better way to spend a gorgeous fall afternoon?!  This year, we are making it very easy to step up and sign up:

Can you signup to work a shift during Early Voting or on Election Day? Click the link to volunteer!

Municipal elections are the time when party volunteers are critical, especially when helping voters figure out the ballot, and identify who the candidates are. With the endorsement in the Hillsborough Town Board elections, we’ll need additional help during Early Voting and Election Day.

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September 14, 2015

Orange Peel – Local Government Edition

Many active Democrats are focused on state and national issues. We hope to change that by providing an insightful monthly update about issues in local government.

The plan is for this newsletter to inform local Democrats about the important issues, developments, and initiatives happening here in Orange County.

Please don’t hesitate to send ideas, corrections, and feedback to

Orange County Government

Durham – Orange Light Rail

  • On August 28, 2015, the formal 45-day public review and comment period on the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) began and will end on October 13, 2015. You can read the DEIS here:

For other up-to-date information on the project, go to:

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2016 Bond Referendum

  • The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the scheduling of a possible November 2016 bond referendum for approximately $125 million to be used for school and county needs.
  • The BOCC passed a motion that stated their intent on the bond. The non-binding vote indicated that a possible bond help fund school repairs. The final package of bond items may change and must be approved by the County Commissioners before being placed on the ballot.
  • The most recent bond passed in Orange County was in 2001 ($75 million) and included funding for schools, affordable housing, parks, and senior needs.
  • Key dates:
    • Tuesday, September 15 – BOCC regular meeting (Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill). Public comments allowed.
    • Tuesday, September 29 (Whitted Meeting Room, Hillsborough) – Joint meeting of the BOCC and both school boards. No public comments allowed at this joint meeting.
    • Tuesday, October 6 (Whitted Meeting Room, Hillsborough) – Probable vote on bond package. Public comments allowed.

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2015 State of the Community Report

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Fun fact: Morinaga, a Japanese candy company founded in 1910, has begun making its Hi-Chew candy at its Orange County factory.

Town of Chapel Hill

Carolina North Update

  • The development agreement for Carolina North, a mixed use academic and research campus at the NW corner of Estes and MLK Blvd., was signed in 2009.
  • A public information meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. to receive comments and feedback on the 2015 Carolina North Development Agreement Annual Report to the Town of Chapel Hill and to update citizens on “what development activities have occurred on the Carolina North site in the past year and the ways in which the University is complying with the terms of the development agreement.” The meeting will be held in the Magnolia Conference Room of the Giles F. Horney Building at 103 Airport Drive.

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Obey Creek Development

2015 Bond Referendum

  • The Chapel Hill Town Council has approved putting a $40.3 bond on the November 3 ballot.
  • The Chapel Hill Town Council has approved putting a $40.3 million general obligation bond on the November 3 ballot.
  • Here is the excerpted explanation from the  link below from the Town of Chapel Hill’s web-site link below:

Ballot questions for General Obligation Bonds must be broken out into “bond orders” that authorize issuance of bonds for a particular purpose up to the amount designated by the bond order.  Each bond order covers a specific category of public improvements and each bond order is voted on individually.  The five bond orders that will appear on the November 3, 2015 ballot are as follows:

Streets & sidewalks


Trails and greenways


Recreation facilities


Solid waste facilities


Stormwater improvements




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Town of Carrboro

Carrboro is in the beginning stages of considering opportunities for Light Manufacturing in their Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction on Hwy. 54 West, in the general area of the Saffelle building. This area is in the University Lake watershed. Another key issue is that the inter-jurisdictional agreement on where water and sewer can be run requires that all municipalities approve of the plan. Here is a video from the Board of Alderman meeting on September 1:

Town of Hillsborough

Hillsborough is poised for a growth spurt. Nearly 1,000 residences have been approved for development. Everyone from town leaders to residents acknowledges that transportation in and around town will be a major challenge going forward. We will surely see more coverage of this issue over the next year or so and we can expect that it will be discussed during the fall campaign. The recent budget provides some insight into the issues that Hillsborough is confronting:

City of Mebane

The Mebane City Council and the Board of County Commissioners will hold a joint meeting at the Whitted Human Services Building in Hillsborough on September 17, 2015 at 5:30pm. The agenda for this joint meeting can be found here:


OWASA has begun work on an energy management plan as a key initiative in their Strategic Plan. For more background information, see the latest issue of their newsletter, The Blue Thumb:

2015 Fall Elections

Municipal Elections

Candidate Forums

Chapel Hill
September 15, 7-9pm
CHALT and the Orange County Council on Aging
Seymor Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

September 17, 7-9pm
WCHL, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Sierra Club
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill

September 29, 7-9pm
Orange County Democratic Party Candidate Forum
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill

October 21, 6:30pm-9pm
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill

October 8, 7pm-8:30pm
First Baptist Church Meet and Greet
106 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill


September 265:00-6:00 pm
WCOM Musical Debate: Michelle Johnson and Bethany Chaney

October 35:00-6:00 pm
WCOM Musical Debate: Lydia Lavelle and Damon Seils

October 8, 7pm-8:30pm
First Baptist Church Meet and Greet
106 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

October 8, 7:00-9:00pm
Orange County Democratic Party Carrboro Candidates Meet and Greet
Steel String Brewery, 106 S. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education

September 24, 6:30pm-8pm
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

October 6, 2015, 7pm-9pm
Orange County Democratic Party Candidate Forum
Hogan Farms Club House
101 Commons Way, Chapel Hill

October 12, 7pm-8:30pm
NAACP/SNAC/PTA Council BOE Candidate Forum
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill

October 14, 3:00pm
Carol Woods BOE Candidate Forum
750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

October 8, 5pm-7pm
CHALT Board of Education Meet the Candidate Event
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

October 8, 7pm-8:30pm
First Baptist Church Meet and Greet
106 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

October 20, 5:30pm-7:30pm
CHYP Cocktails with the Candidate
The Franklin Hotel
311 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

September 20, 4pm-6pm
Hillsborough Town Board Meet and Greet Fundraiser
It Had Wings, 214 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough

September 22, 6pm-7:30pm
Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce
Whitted Human Services Building
300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough

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September 13, 2015

Hillsborough Town Board Candidates Events

Hillsborough Town Board Candidates Event

September 20, 2015, 4:00-6:00pm
It Had Wings, 214 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough
Join friends and leaders to relish upcoming Democratic victories as well as to see the nation’s largest collection of American Folk Art Buildings.
On behalf of the Orange County Democratic Party, please save the date for Sunday September 20, 2015 to attend a fundraiser to support the candidacies of Evelyn Lloyd, Brian Lowen, and Mark Bell for Hillsborough Town Commission in the November 3 election.
The Orange County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee recently voted unanimously to endorse Evelyn, Brian, and Mark for three seats on the Hillsborough Town Commission. We hope you will join us at the home of Steven Burke and Randy Campbell on September 20th to show your support for these candidates.

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September 8, 2015

Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast on September 12, 2015

Buses, trains, cars, bicycles, motorcycles. Multi-modal transportation has become a huge part of our modern day lives, and Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier is well-versed in the improvements taking place in the realm of transit in Orange County, as well as proposed innovations in the region. Please join the Northern Orange Breakfast Group this Saturday to discuss the latest and upcoming trends in transit, including light rail and bus service in northern Orange.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
The Village Diner
600 West King St, Hillsborough NC
Bernadette was elected commissioner in 2008, and currently serves as vice chair of the BOCC. She and her husband recently purchased a blueberry farm in Cedar Grove, and are assisting young and new farmers in pursuing their dreams in agriculture. Pick your own blueberries season is over for this year, yet be prepared to take a trip to their farm next spring.

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