The Town of Carrboro has a highly energized and engaged Board of Aldermen. A quick look through my record on the Board reveals my dedication to the citizens of Carrboro and the vitality of the town’s future. During the past eight years, I have provided steady, thoughtful, proactive leadership. My experience in office has made clear my ability, dependability, openness and genuine concern for people. I’ve been involved in many crucial discussions about our town’s public policy. I have cast important votes, worked to anticipate and solve forthcoming problems, worked directly with our community, and, as a Board member, served as a bridge between our citizens and our local government. My work on the Board of Aldermen, as well as in leadership roles on town and county boards, has provided me with a substantial base of knowledge about our community and county, and has demonstrated solid on-the-job performance. Community folks and colleagues describe me as a trustworthy, collaborative, engaged, no-nonsense advocate for Carrboro.
Vibrant, Diverse Community
- Offer unwavering advocacy and support of civil marriage for same-sex couples. Town of Carrboro resolution adopted December 2008.
- Co-authored and introduced the Board of Aldermen resolution in opposition of the “Defense of Marriage” Bills: North Carolina Senate Bill 106 and House Bill 777. August 2011.
- Co-authored the updated language of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Guiding Principles and the Board of Aldermen resolution for its adoption, April 2009.
- Actively support public health and safety, community policing and resource officer programs.
- Worked to implement the Day Laborer Task Force, partnering with El Centro Hispano and community leaders, to address the needs of both day laborers and the neighboring community.
- Continue to work with El Centro Hispano’s community-relations specialist to support and provide services to day laborers, and to continue to address and remedy wage-theft issues.
- Worked with members of the Community Garden Coalition on the design and engineering for the community gardens at Baldwin Park.
- Participated as a member of the initial Rogers Road Community Enhancement and Monitoring Task Force.
- Authored a resolution opposing Orange County action to close the Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic service in Carrboro at Carr Mill Mall; offering recommendations to repeal the closure.
- Engaged with local Occupy advocates to discuss issues of concern and how best to bridge the way forward.
- Authored the resolution and co-planned the celebration for Stanley B. Vickers Diversity Appreciation Day in Carrboro, recognizing the first among the students to integrate the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools.
- Worked with the Youth Community Project to promote the establishment of a teen center in Carrboro.
Local Economy and Economic Development
- Co-led the development of the Local Living Economy Task Force. This task force provided the Board of Aldermen with a set of economic principles and specific recommendations to increase the economic sustainability and resilience of our community.
- Serve as Board of Aldermen Liaison to the Economic Sustainability Commission, which works to bring locally owned and operated business depth and diversity to Carrboro.
- Focus my efforts on the widening of Carrboro’s tax base, by broadening Carrboro’s Revolving Loan Fund, expanding the arts, and growing Carrboro’s presence and professional services niche in software development and web companies.
- As a member of the Carrboro Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee, I encourage programs that promote the integration and inclusion of the Farmer’s Market in Carrboro’s economic development.
- As liaison to the Economic Sustainability Commission, worked with the Economic Development Director and the Farmer’s Market for permanent ATM services at the Town Commons.
- Advocated Advisory Board liaison representation to link across the Economic Sustainability Commission, the Planning Board and the Arts Commission. The Board of Aldermen approved Advisory Board membership changes to meet this need.
Carrboro Library Services
- Served on the former Orange County Library Task Force.
- Served on the Town of Carrboro Board of Aldermen subcommittee on Orange County Library Siting Criteria.
- Continue to provide public advocacy for a Carrboro-based Southern Orange County branch library.
- Served as Board Liaison to the Environmental Advisory Board.
- Advocated the adoption of native species plantings in new developments. Approved by the Board of Aldermen.
- Co-designed the Greenways Summit for community input on the mission and work of a greenway commission.
- Established the Greenways Commission to advise the Board of Aldermen on greenway master planning, design and implementation.
- Worked with Town of Carrboro staff and the Friends of Bolin Creek on the McDougle Middle School Rain Garden and Catchment demonstration project.
- Speaker and participant at the “Can We Heal Our Local Waterways?” Symposium, sponsored by Friends of Bolin Creek, the UNC Institute for the Environment, and Chapel Hill 2020.
- Initiated the creation of the Board of Aldermen OWASA Sub-Committee, in anticipation of the ongoing concerns for water conservation, quality, safety and supply. Oversee its continuation.
- A certified environmental educator, I advocate tight stormwater management regulations, expanded riparian buffers and creek restoration.
- As an early advocate of solar power, I led a model-solar initiative for the use of solar lighting in the Town Commons. Through the work of the Board of Aldermen, solar panels were installed on the roofing of the Town Commons in 2012.
Recycling and Solid Waste
- Collaborated with N.C. Senator Eleanor Kinnaird to develop a Solid Waste Management Committee, made up of Orange County citizens and leaders in local government. Participate in ongoing discussions and proposed solutions to address recycling and waste-management issues in Orange County.
- Collaborated with Chapel Hill Councilwoman Sally Green in a study of municipal recycling. Prepared recycling program recommendations for mayors of both Carrboro and Chapel Hill, June 2013.
- In June 2013, crafted recommendations for Board resolution, to continue our recycling program without interruption.
Transportation and Parking
- Continue to work with the town’s Transportation Advisory Board members and my Board of Aldermen colleagues to support:
- Further integration of bicycling in Carrboro.
- Adequate bicycle parking, and the expansion of bike racks at Town Hall.
- Worked proactively with Main Street Partners, the developers of the new site at 300 E. Main Street, to build a partnership for structured parking within downtown Carrboro. As a result, spaces have now been set aside for municipal parking.
- Prompted the Shelton Station mixed-use project to support plans that both decrease car dependency while boosting the inclusion of multi-modal transportation, with increased covered bicycle parking, car sharing and the unbundling of parking. I initially raised this point at the 3/21/13 Board of Alderman meeting on stimulating further Board discussion, resulting in the inclusion of alternative transit and parking features added to this project.
- Advocate Carrboro’s light-rail connectivity with the larger master plan, which includes Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and the Research Triangle.
- Advocate the development of a downtown-parking master plan.
- As a former Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Educator, I am an unwavering proponent of neighborhood schools’ walkability and the Safe Routes to Schools program.
Planning and Land Use
- To address Carrboro’s affordable housing issues, I have identified innovative solutions to address housing stock diversity, financing, and the institutional obstacles that challenge progress.
- Participated in the Town of Carrboro Planning Board-hosted October 2012 Affordable Housing Dialogues.
- Actively practice and encourage inclusive community dialogue and decision-making.
- Continue to push for a comprehensive Land Use Plan.
- Advocate human-scale buildings and commercial and public spaces for Carrboro.