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unforum 2018 Elections

The (un)forum is a virtual, candidate forum coordinated by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce to make it convenient and easy for our members and candidates to connect.

We asked the candidates to respond to one simple question: Tell us why you are running for office and what you will do to make our community a great place to start and grow a business.


Scroll down to watch candidate responses and engage with each candidate.

Candidates for: County | State | Federal | Other


County Races

Orange County Board of Commissioners


Earl McKee (Dem), District 2

Sally Greene (Dem), At-Large

Jamezetta Bedford (Dem), District 1


Chatham County Board of Commissioners*


Jim Crawford (Dem), District 4

Neill Lindley (Rep), District 4

Brian Bock (Rep), District 3

Diana Hales (Dem), District 3

Walter Petty (Rep), District 5

State Races

NC State Senate, District 23


Valerie Foushee (Dem)

Tom Glendinning (Rep)

NC House of Representatives, District 54


Robert T. Reives II (Dem)

Jay Stobbs (Rep)

NC House of Representatives, District 50


Graig Meyer (Dem)

Kenneth Price Rothrock (Rep)

NC House of Representatives, District 56


Verla Insko (Dem)

Marcus Cooke (Rep)

Matthew P. Clements (Lib)

Federal Races

US House of Representatives, District 04


David Price

Barbara Howe (Lib)

Steve A. (Von) Loor (Rep)

US House of Representatives, District 06


B. Mark Walker (Rep)

Ryan Watts (Dem)

Other Local Races

Orange County Clerk of Superior Court


Mark Kleinschmidt (Dem)

Candidate for Orange County Sheriff


Charles Blackwood (Dem)

*Some candidates did not submit an (un)forum video. View the full list of candidates who filed: Orange County Elections | Chatham County Elections.

About the (un)forum: In lieu of a traditional, in-person candidate forum, the (un)forum is a new e-platform (powered by Chapel Hill tech start-up, ShineBiG) that allows Chamber members and candidates to connect through video at a time that is convenient for them. All candidates who filed for relevant local elections were invited to participate in the (un)forum and respond to one simple question (write-in candidates are not included). The (un)forum technology automatically shuffles the order in which the candidate videos appear to foster a more level playing field. The Chamber is sharing the videos widely through the website, listserv, and social media, as well as with local media. Given the new technology, Chamber staff members offered technical support to all candidates. Learn more about local elections and get involved - visit the Chamber's Election Hub.

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