Indy and all,
The Coalition has made its goals and plans available here:
Dear Indy, Your voting guides are generally very helpful, but I'm stunned by your recommendation to vote no on the Affordable Housing bond. Perhaps you imagine the affordable housing problem to be insurmountable, but strong coalitions in Chapel HIll and Carrboro, including Justice United, have been working hard on this with community leaders and have plans that can make a real difference, if funded. I hope you will take some time to get more informed and that new information will lead you to change your recommendation.
The link here for "all Elections" is broken.
As the Indy article recognizes, there's a serious shortage of affordable housing in Orange County. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Orange County Affordable Housing coalition work effectively with other organizations and the local faith community to make progress, but they are hampered by lack of funds to acquire suitable land in an expensive market. The $5M bond would make a dent in this big problem. It's not enough, but it is a good start.
Your "no" recommendation is wrong-headed. There are organizations in place who could quickly put this money to good use helping our neighbors in Orange County. I urge you to reconsider your recommendation and to get a retraction out immediately. There's no time to lose given that early voting is already underway.
Scott Ross Koon says it succinctly, with no need for elaboration, clarification or modification. Thank you.
"Somebody ought to explain that you don't win a majority by giving up seats, especially when they are to be filled by capable public servants such as Mike Woodard. His opponent would caucus with the Republicans, that's all you need to know."
Mike Woodard has worked his whole body and soul off to be present in every school, every church, every community in every county he represents. He has not just supported Durham's needs but his district as a whole. This is the reason that he has so many endorsements. I have known Mike for nearly 30 years and every one of them has been a year of dedication to the best for all Americans, especially youth and girls. His wife is a true partner, and represents the same ideals. Mike's record on race relations is stellar and he immediately worked to repeal HB2. I cannot imagine what the Indy is thinking. Vote Woodard.
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