Carrboro Town Council special election candidates


By Michelle Cassell

The filing period for the town of Carrboro’s special election for one open Town Council seat closed on July 5, 2024. As of that date, two candidates are running for that one seat. The special election is scheduled to begin for early voting on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Cristóbal Palmer and Isaac Woolsey.  They will be on the November ballot for the seat vacated by Barbara Foushee after she was elected mayor. The open seat has an unfinished term of one year left on it. To get the four-year seat, the winner will have to run again in 2025 with the other council seats.

Palmer’s campaign website lists his priorities and why he is running for the town council.

“I grew up in Carrboro and I’m raising my kids here too. So I know how this town has changed over the decades and I know the challenges we face. I’m running for Town Council because I care deeply about our town’s budget, how we use our land, and how we support our residents from the youngest members of our community to the people who have lived here for decades.

“I believe in the Carrboro Connects Comprehensive Plan, which gives us a vision for connecting every neighborhood to resources like schools and workplaces and making it easier for people of all ages to get around town.”  His other focuses listed are anti-racsim and climate justice and action.

According to his Facebook campaign website, Isaac Woolsey is the first openly autistic and disabled person to run for public office in North Carolina.

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 
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