In a time of corporate greed and electoral corruption, the smart choice and the right choice for Chapel Hill is to vote for the candidates running clean, local campaigns without big cash and without out-of-town money. That's why I wholeheartedly endorse Chapel Hill's Voter-Owned Elections candidates for Town Council: Jason Baker, Donna Bell and Carl Schuler.
I am writing to voice my support for the election to Chapel Hill Town Council of incumbents Jim Ward and Donna Bell and current planning board member Jason Baker.
Jim has served the town tirelessly for 12 years. He has supported protection of the environment, expansion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and social justice throughout the community.
Although Donna has served on council only two years, she has demonstrated a willingness to listen to all sides of a discussion before taking a position. She also has been a supporter of the environment, public mobility and social justice.
Although Jason has not yet served on council, he has served on the transportation board and is currently serving on the planning board. Like both Donna and Jim, he carefully listens and seeks facts before taking a position on an issue.
All three of these candidates will serve Chapel Hill well over the next four years.
The Indy gets my thanks for endorsing Donna Bell for Chapel Hill Town Council.
Chapel Hill has started on an exciting and important initiative, Chapel Hill 2020. More Chapel Hillians than ever before are engaged in developing a vision for what our great town can become.
Donna Bell embodies the best of what we can become and I support her candidacy. Donna has lived downtown since 2002, giving her special credibility for understanding the needs and opportunities of our downtown area. As a clinical social worker, she also understands the "people" side of Chapel Hill. She is uniquely qualified for serving as a council member because of her experience, her compassion, her understanding of all the people who make up Chapel Hill and her strong interest in our civic future.
Please vote for Donna Bell.
The next Chapel Hill Town Council will play a critical role in creating a new comprehensive plan. Choosing members with the vision to keep the town on a path of sustainability through environmental protection, economic health and social inclusion is vitally important.
I urge your support for Jim Ward, Donna Bell, Jason Baker and Lee Storrow.
Ward, seeking a fourth term while working for the North Carolina Botanical Garden, has been a reliable voice for balancing these interests. Working beside him for eight years has been a pleasure.
In her two years on the council, preceded by service on the planning board, Bell has put her perspective as a social worker to productive use, often approaching issues from angles the rest of us have missed.
Baker, who works for Weaver Street Market and has a professional interest in economic development, has led through serving on the planning board. I have admired his persistence in making the case that environmental and economic interests are mutually reinforcing.
Storrow has earned my vote by demonstrating a solid understanding of the issues and an eagerness to follow through by raising and exploring perceptive questions. A promising leader, he brings to his energetic campaign successful experience as a community advocate through his work in health policy.
Ward, Bell, Baker and Storrow share a commitment to a community that's environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. During the process of rewriting the comprehensive plan, they will work with us and for us as we redefine our vision for Chapel Hill's future.
Member, Chapel Hill Town Council
Associate Director, UNC Center for the Study of the American South
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