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Bob Atwater to run againBob Atwater to run again
[Feb. 2, 2006] State Senator Bob Atwater is seeking a second term. Atwater announced Wednesday he will run for re-election to the District 18 seat, which covers Chatham and Lee counties plus the southwestern portion of Durham county.
Also: Senator Bob Atwater
Chatham County Democratic party precinct meetingsChatham County Democratic party precinct meetings
[Feb. 1, 2006] The Chatham County Democratic Party is having precinct meetings on Thursday Feb. 9, at 7 pm at your voting place. N Williams and Merritts Chapel precincts will meet in the cafeteria at North Chatham School, use the bus parking lot entrance. East Mann's Chapel will meet at Drydock Restaurant that evening at 7pm. By Karl G. Kachergis, CCDP Secretary
Citizen's College: How government worksCitizen's College: How government works
[Jan. 26, 2006] Thinking of information as currency, Chathamites are invited to, “pay yourself first” by enrolling in Citizens’ College: How Government Works. It’s the payoff for investing a small amount of your time (33 hours over 11 weeks) and dollars ($25 or scholarship) in an enlightening and enlivening environment where Chathamites gain information about the workings of local government that can empower them to be more knowledgeable, involved, and effective citizens. By Gary Simpson
George Lucier to run for Chatham County CommissionerGeorge Lucier to run for Chatham County Commissioner
[Jan. 21, 2006] George Lucier, a former head of the county planning board, has announced he plans to run for a seat on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. Lucier will file as a Democrat for the District 3 primary scheduled for May 2.
Letter to Audrey Poe & E.H. Dark, Chatham Board of ElectionsLetter to Audrey Poe & E.H. Dark, Chatham Board of Elections
[Jan. 16, 2006] I recently caught wind of the following letter that was sent to Audrey Poe & E.H. Dark, the two Democrat members of our Chatham Board of Elections. They probably received it more than a month ago. It simplifies and clarifies the issue greatly. By John Bonitz
Pittsboro Together endorses challengers for mayor and town board racePittsboro Together endorses challengers for mayor and town board race
[Sep. 27, 2005] Pittsboro Together, a grassroots political action committee, announces its endorsement of three new candidates for the fall municipal election. The citizens’ group supports challengers Randy Voller for Mayor and Pamela Baldwin and Efrain Ramirez for two open seats on the Town Board. By Jim Hinkley - Pittsboro Together Co-Chair
Candidates' answers to Pittsboro Together questionnairesCandidates' answers to Pittsboro Together questionnaires
[Sep. 27, 2005] Each question is followed by answers from three town board candidates competing for two open seats, listed in alphabetical order as follows: Pamela Baldwin, Efrain Ramirez and Chris Walker. Those answers are followed by Randy Voller, who is a candidate for Mayor. Incumbent Mayor Nancy May did not complete the questionnaire, but did provide some statements during a telephone interview, which are included following the questionnaire.
Questions for Pittsboro Town Board and Mayoral candidatesQuestions for Pittsboro Town Board and Mayoral candidates
[Sep. 13, 2005] The Pittsboro Together committee has sent a questionnaire to local municipal candidates on issues affecting Pittsboro and will publicize candidates' answers, and the committee's endorsements, in about two weeks. See what the questions are. By Elizabeth Reid
Pittsboro citizens launch political action group for municipal electionPittsboro citizens launch political action group for municipal election
[Sep. 13, 2005] Leaders of Pittsboro Together seek to endorse a slate of candidates who are committed to long-range planning and economic development, downtown vitalization, open government, expanded cultural and recreational opportunities, and preserving and enhancing the unique small-town feel of the county seat. The committee has sent a questionnaire to the candidates on these issues and will publicize candidates' answers, and the committee's endorsements, in about two weeks. By Elizabeth Reid
Local developer runs for Pittsboro MayorLocal developer runs for Pittsboro Mayor
[Aug. 7, 2005] Randy Voller, a local developer interested in open government, downtown revitalization and prevention of suburban sprawl, has filed to run for Mayor of Pittsboro. He has a vision for the economic development of Pittsboro that includes promotion of the arts, recreation, diverse downtown businesses and small high-tech businesses and industries. By Randolph Voller
Baldwin runs for Pittsboro town boardBaldwin runs for Pittsboro town board
[Aug. 7, 2005] Pamela Baldwin, a lifelong resident of Pittsboro, has filed to run for a seat on the Town Board. She is the first African American to run for the board in 30 years. (Isaiah Taylor ran successfully for re-election in 1975 and served until 1979.) By Pamela Baldwin
Chatham Coalition files a public records requestChatham Coalition files a public records request
[Feb. 9, 2005] On behalf of the citizens of Chatham County who firmly believe that government should do its business openly; who want their elected representatives to act responsibly and fairly; who believe that good government is one that includes its citizens and values the input made by its citizens who are the ones most impacted by commissioner’s decisions; - we hereby request the following: All documents which support and/or related to Chairman Bunkey Morgan’s proposal to change the impact fee from a county-uniform fee of $1,500 to a fee ranging from $4,000 to zero in four districts across Chatham County. By Jeffrey Starkweather
Chatham candidates' forums
[May 13, 2004] F.A.C.T. is hosting two Candidate's Forums, the first will be for School Board, beginning at 7:30 PM on Thursday evening, May 20, in the multi-purpose room at CCCC's Pittsboro campus. Questions you want answered can be submitted in advance by email to; by snail mail to F.A.C.T., PO Box 1548, Pittsboro, 27312; or written on cards available to those who attend the forum(s). County Commissioner candidates will have their turn on Thursday, June 10, same time and place, questions can be submitted in advance in the same manner. By Sam White
Also: Chatham F.A.C.T.
Citizen PAC quizzes local candidates on issuesCitizen PAC quizzes local candidates on issues
[Apr. 27, 2004] The Chatham Coalition, a grass-roots political action committee supporting smart growth and more open and responsive local government in Chatham County, did not wait much past the opening bell to start its county commissioner and school board candidate endorsement process. Tuesday, a day after the opening of the election filing period, the Coalition sent each candidate in both races a detailed questionnaire based on the Coalition’s just released issues platform. By Jeffrey Starkweather
Also: Chatham Coalition
New Chatham citizens' coalition launches grassroots election campaignNew Chatham citizens' coalition launches grassroots election campaign
[Mar. 21, 2004] A coalition of Chatham County community organizations and citizens announced today the formation of an umbrella election committee, Chatham Coalition, that will support local candidates who back their platform of smart growth, quality economic development, excellent schools and open government that encourages citizen participation. The Coalition will raise money for advertising and direct support of candidates for county commissioner and school board. By Jeffrey Starkweather

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