• The (un)forum is a virtual, viral 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 through this ShineBiG video platform: 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 Orange County Board of Commissioners*

    Earl McKee

    Noah Oswald

    Sally Greene

    Tommy T. McNeill

    Jamezetta Bedford

    Candidates for Other Local Offices

    Orange County Clerk of Superior Court

    Mark Kleinschmidt

    James Stanford

    Orange County Sheriff

    Charles Blackwood

    Tony White

    Orange County Board of Education*

    Sarah Smylie

    Hillary MacKenzie

    Will Atherton

    Candidates for State and Federal Offices*

    Verla Insko

    Graig Meyer

    David Price

    *Some candidates did not submit an (un)forum video. View the full list of candidates who filed with the County or State Board of Elections.

    Primary elections are often punctuated with little interest and low turnout. But in Orange County, NC, where voters are overwhelming one party, the winner of the May primary almost always wins the general election in November. Needless to say, primaries matter in Orange County and Chamber members are activating. In lieu of a traditional, in-person 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.

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