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Elections '09, the ultimate (sur)reality show: 'Worlds Apart' contestant among new candidates

Posted by on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

If elections are the ultimate (sur)reality show, Susana L. Dancy, who filed for Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, is qualified to at least run for office. In Season 1 of the Fox Reality TV show, “Worlds Apart,” Dancy, her husband, Jim Rogalski, and their three children, Marshall, Taylor and Helen, “are transplanted from their pristine new home in an upscale section of Chapel Hill to live in a communal longhouse with the Tinsang family of the Iban tribe in the remote jungles of Malaysia,” the show's Web site reads. It goes on:

“Emong Tinsang and his wife, Sendie, greet the Dancy-Rogalskis with a pig that Jim must sacrifice in order to ward off evil spirits – and the adventure begins. Susana, the only breadwinner at home, grapples with the domestic responsibilities expected of her, as Jim comes face-to-face with his mid-life crisis. Marshall and Taylor are thrust into the world of Iban manhood, and little Helen serves as the voice of reason when the family has a heated discussion. New rituals, animal sacrifices and a shamanist culture test the Dancy-Rogalskis both physically and spiritually, while a cockfight, a naming ceremony and an American birthday celebration bring them closer as a family and to the Iban tribe.”

Sorry we missed it.

Until yesterday, it appeared that the Carrboro Board of Aldermen contest was going to be a snoozer, with three candidates running for three seats. Well, rise and shine: Sharon Cook who serves on the planning board and ran unsuccessfully for a board seat in 2007, is vying again for an alderman seat. She lives in the Highlands neighborhood of north Carrboro, which was forcibly annexed by the town in 2006, angering many residents in that area.

In Cary, Philip Scarsella, a controller at NeoNova Network Services in RTP, has filed to run against incumbent Julie Robison for an at-large seat on the town council. Meanwhile, District A has a new candidate, Lori Bush, whose Twitter page says she has an “insatiable curiosity for intersection of technology, public good, and fun.” John Harvilla Jr., a member of the Western Wake Republican Club, is running in District C.

Bonner Gaylord has competition in Raleigh City Council District E, and will face fellow planning commissioner Waheed Raq, Haq, who also was appointed to the N.C. Ethics Commission by Gov. Mike Easley in 2003. Because we know you’re wondering, Raq was born in Pakistan, but became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2002. He received his master’s degree in engineering from N.C. State University.

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