• Election Hub

  • 2019 Elections

    The Election Hub is your one-stop-shop for the 2019 elections. Scroll down for important resources to demystify the election process and help you and your employees know who and what is on your ballot. 

    • What: 2019 Elections
    • When: Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019; early, in-person voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 16th (review the 2019 election calendar
    • Who: The Chamber is tracking the following races (see who filed to run)  
      • Chapel Hill Mayor and Town Council (5 seats)
      • Carrboro Mayor and Board of Aldermen (4 seats) 
      • Hillsborough Mayor and Board of Commissioners (4 seats)
      • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education (4 seats)
    • How: Three ways to engage with those on your ballot
      • (Event) Attend Coffee with the Candidates on Wednesday, Sept. 4th from 8am-10am at The Siena Hotel (Register now)
      • (Survey) Review the candidates' survey responses (stay tuned for the link) 
      • (Videos) Watch the candidates' video responses to our questions through the (un)forum (stay tuned for the link)
    • ​More: Learn more about the 2019 local elections (common questions) and register to vote (vote.org)  
    • Contact: For questions, contact The Chamber Vice President for External Affairs, Katie Loovis, at (919) 696-0781 (cell) or kloovis@carolinachamber.org.



    2018 General Election








    What: This Election Hub served as your one-stop-shop for the 2018 elections. Scroll down for five important resources provided to demystify the election process and help Chamber members and employees know who and what was on their ballots. 

    When: Election Day was Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018. Early Voting began Oct 17, 2018. 

    Who: The Chamber tracked the following races: 

    Contact: For questions, contact Katie Loovis, Vice President for External Affairs, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, cell: (919) 696-0781 or kloovis@carolinachamber.org.

    Top Five Resources for the 2018 General Election: 

    1. Know who and what is on your ballot. Scroll down to see the latest state-of-play on who is running for each relevant office (local, state, and federal races), click through the hyperlinks to access each candidates' website, and review the simple summary of the six constitutional amendments.
    2. Meet the candidates. Click here to enter the nation's first (un)forum - the Chamber's signature, virtual candidate forum. We use shineBIG video technology to conveniently connect you with candidates. Watch their short videos and communicate with them now through social media!
    3. Compare the candidates. Review Orange and Chatham County Commissioner Candidate responses to short yes or no survey questions and identify which candidates are most aligned with your values and priorities. Orange County | Chatham County 
    4. Consider Chamber endorsements. Vote YES on the Chapel Hill Affordable Housing Bond Referendum. The Chamber's Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the bond, which will authorize the Town of Chapel Hill to raise $10 million in general obligation bonds for affordable housing. Scroll down to learn more.
    5. Find out where and when to vote. The following are carefully-curated links to ensure you are registered to vote, know where and when to go to the polls, and access timely election information: 


    State of Play on the 2018 General Election:

    Federal Races: 


    State Races:

    Local Races:
      • Sally Greene (Dem) won the primary with 11,168 votes (61%; bested Brian Crawford and Noah Oswald) and is now unopposed in the general election.
      • Jamezetta Bedford (Dem) ran unopposed in the primary and is now unopposed in the general election.
      • Earl McKee (Dem) won the primary with 5,844 votes (81%; bested Tommy McNeill) and is now unopposed in the general election.
      • Incumbent Walter Petty (Rep) is running unopposed in the general election

    State of Play on the 2018 General Election Ballot

    Chapel Hill Affordable Housing Bond Referendum: 

    • Chapel Hill voters have an Affordable Housing Bond Referendum on their ballot this election.
    • A referendum gives voters the power to decide if a municipality should be authorized to raise funds through the sale of bonds. In this case, the referendum asks residents to vote on utilizing up to $10 million in general obligation bonds for affordable housing.
    • The ballot reads: "Shall the order authorizing Town of Chapel Hill general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $10,000,000 plus interest to pay capital costs of providing housing for persons of low and moderate income and paying related costs, and providing that additional taxes may be levied in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds, as adopted by the Town Council on May 23, 2018, be approved?"  
    • Endorsements/Coverage: Indy endorsement of the bond | Herald Sun coverage of the bond 
    • Advocacy: "Souls to the Polls" is Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 12:30pm at Chapel Hill's Peace & Justice Plaza. For questions, Contact Devin at devin@ocjusticeunited.org

    Six Proposed Constitutional Amendments: 

    • Below is a listing of each of the six proposed state constitutional amendments.
    • For the official summary explaining each amendment, we encourage you to read Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall's letter to County Election Officials. 




    Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment

    Creates a constitutional right to hunt and fish

    Marsy's Law Amendment

    Expands the constitutional rights of crime victims

    Income Tax Cap Amendment

    Changes cap on income tax from 10 percent to 7 percent

    Voter ID Amendment

    Requires a photo ID to vote in person

    Legislative Appointments to Elections Board and Commissions Amendment

    Makes the legislature responsible for appointments to election board

    Judicial Selection for Midterm Vacancies Amendment

    Creates a process, involving a commission, legislature, and governor to appoint to vacant state judicial seats

    Source: Ballotpedia



    Primaries: Primary elections are often punctuated with little interest and low turnout. But in Orange County, NC, where many more Democrats are registered than Republicans, the winner of the May primary almost always wins the general election in November. 

    Bottom line: Primaries matter in Orange County. Since local leadership is often determined in the May primary, Chamber members asked us to, once again, ramp-up our primary engagement. We did several things to ensure our members knew what offices were up for grabs and how candidates aligned with positions that mattered to our business community. 

    1. Generated survey responses on a dozen business-related questions from the candidates for Orange County Board of Commissioners

    2. Coordinated 2nd annual (un)forum, which featured shorts video responses from candidates for all relevant offices 

    3. Hosted "Eggs with Elected Officials + Candidates" (view pictures)

    4. Provided more information and resources, and encouraged members to get out and vote 

    Races: The following are the races we tracked:

    Orange County: 

    • Commissioner At Large (1 seat; 3 candidates; No Incumbent)

    • Commissioner Dist. 1 (1 seat; 1 candidate; Bedford)

    • Commissioner Dist. 2 (1 seat; 2 candidates; Incumbent McKee)

    • Sheriff (1 seat; 2 candidates; Incumbent Blackwood)

    • Board of Education (4 seats; 7 candidates; Incumbent Stephens)

    • Register of Deeds (1 seat; 1 candidate; Incumbent Chilton)

    • Clerk of Superior Court (1 seat; 2 candidates; Incumbent Stanford)


    • NC Senate - District 23 (1 seat; 2 candidates; Incumbent Senator Foushee)

    • NC House - District 50 (1 seat; 2 candidates; Incumbent Rep. Meyer)

    • NC House - District 56 (1 seat; 3 candidates; Incumbent Rep. Insko)


    • Congressional District 4 (1 seat; 7 candidates; Incumbent Rep Price)

    • Congressional District 6 (1 seat; 4 candidates; Incumbent Rep Walker)


    2017 ELECTIONS

    Results: Congratulations to newly-elected town officials: 

    (Top left to right: Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger; Chapel Hill Town Council Members: Allen Buansi, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman; Bottom left to right: Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle; Carrboro Board of Aldermen: Barbara Foushee, Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven O'Donnell, and Sammy Slade)

    Get to know the newly-elected officials: 

    Chapel Hill 


    Summary of Chamber's 2017 Election Activation

    For better or worse, elections have consequences. To ensure our members are connected, informed, and engaged during the election cycle and beyond, we offered the following: 

    • (un)forum: New in 2017, instead of a traditional candidate forum that requires you to be in a certain place at a certain time, we launched an online forum using a new digital platform that allows us to engage candidates in dynamic conversations. The (un)forum is an e-civic initiative of the Chamber, the Orange-Chatham Group of the Sierra Club, and the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition. 

    • Survey: Each election cycle, the Chamber designs and administers a candidate survey to ensure our members are well-informed on candidate positions on critical issues.  Review  the Chapel Hill and Carrboro candidate responses. 

    • Early voting: Reminder, early voting began October 19th.  Find your polling location through the NC State Board of Elections one-stop site and review voting information from the Orange County Board of Elections.

    • Cocktails with Candidates: On Oct 17th, the Chapel Hill Young Professionals (CHYP) hosted a happy hour at The Franklin Hotel to mingle with peers and local candidates. 

    • Coffee with the Candidates: In August, the Chamber hosted candidates for tabletop coffee conversations with our membership.


    2016 ELECTIONS

    In the 2016 election cycle, the Chamber:

    • Endorsed the Connect NC Bond Referendum: At its December 2015 board meeting, the Chamber’s Board of Directors endorsed the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum.  The Chamber also hosted UNC and UNC Health Care staff to discuss the importance of the bond referendum to UNC-Chapel Hill.  Learn more info at carolinabond.unc.edu and pledge to “vote yes to invest” at voteyestoinvest.com

    • Hosted Coffee with the Candidates: At the February meeting of the Economic Development & Public Policy (EDPP) Committee, the Chamber hosted both candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly and the Orange County Board of Commissioners, in addition to nonpartisan judicial candidates.  See a full list of candidates who have filed for office in Orange County here. 

    • Hosted Cocktails with the Candidates: At the February meeting of the Chapel Hill Young Professionals (CHYP), the Chamber hosted candidates for the Orange County Board of Commissioners and nonpartisan judicial candidates.  See photos from Cocktails with Candidates at the Chamber’s Flickr account

    • Endorsed both bond referendums on Orange County ballots, one bond for $120 million for capital needs Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools and one bond for $5 million for affordable housing.

    • Also, the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA), of which our chamber is a founding member, endorsed the Wake Transit Referendum.  All three counties – Orange, Durham, and Wake – have approved a half-cent sales tax to support transit.  Read more about RTA’s focus on transit


    The Election Hub is curated by Katie Loovis, Vice President for External Affairs, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

    For questions about elections or government affairs, public policy, and advocacy, contact Katie at: 919.696.0781 (mobile) or kloovis@carolinachamber.org