Nelson won't run for re-election in Orange | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nelson won't run for re-election in Orange

Posted by on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Orange County Commissioner Mike Nelson will not run for re-election next spring. The former Carrboro mayor is completing his first term on the county board, having been elected in 2006.

In a post on his blog, he says he's making his intentions known now to give others a chance to ready their campaigns. 

 

Candidates can organize a special interest group to start a campaign at any time, but the filing period for this office begins Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 26.

Nelson previously had filed to run for N.C. General Assembly in 2007 and withdrew with Ellie Kinnaird decided to run to keep her seat, but he says he doesn't have his eyes on any office now.

"There's nothing on the horizon that I know of as of today," he said. "My plans are just to play more bridge, read more books and spend more time with family and friends."

In addition to Nelson's seat, the terms of longtime commissioners Alice Gordon and Barry Jacobs expire next year. Neither has said if they plan to run again.

Prior to serving as a commissioner, Nelson was the first openly gay mayor of a North Carolina municipality and served five terms in Carrboro.

He says he wants to address the need for a county library in Carrboro before he leaves office.

"That's been on the agenda for really 15 years, and it's time to bring that issue home," he said.

He hopes people remember his work on social justice and making county government more transparent.

Tags: , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of …

by K. K. on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because …

by Linda Belans on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

Most Recent Comments

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of …

by K. K. on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because …

by Linda Belans on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

So I guess the only question open in this election is:
Who, if anyone, does Pierce Freelon endorse?
(As …

by JoeJoey on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

Yes, I really hope this is put on YouTube or something. It would maximize voter reach, especially as there are …

by JohnnyDollar on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

We are lucky to have had such a primary field of bright, excellent, visionary candidates for Mayor of Durham, and …

by Sam M-B on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation