Political candidate filings completed for upcoming Local Elections


By Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor

CHAPEL HILL / CARRBORO – Municipal elections for the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill will take place on November 7, 2023. In addition, a Board of Education election will occur for Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools.

The candidate filing period ended at noon on July 21.  Carrboro saw only one candidate for mayor (Barbara Foushee), who will run unopposed for her first term.  Chapel Hill will also have a new mayor, with two candidates running (Jess Anderson and Adam Searing).

There are five candidates for Carrboro Town Council, with three seats available and 10 candidates for Chapel Hill Town Council, with four seats available.

There are nineteen Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education candidates, with four seats available.  Seven candidates filed on July 20 and three filed on July 21. There were several calls from the community asking people to come forward and run in the final days of the filing period and people responded.

List of Candidates (alphabetical)

Carrboro Mayor
Barbara Foushee

Carrboro Town Council
Catherine Fray
Jason Merrill
April Mills
Eliazar Posada
Stephanie Wade

Chapel Hill Mayor
Jess Anderson
Adam Searing|

Chapel Hill Town Council
David Adams
Breckany Teal Eckhardt
Jeffrey Hoagland
Melissa McCullough
Jon Mitchell
Theodore Nollert
Amy Ryan
Elizabeth Sharp
Renuka Soll
Erik Valera

Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education
Hasan Abdullah
Meredith Ballew
Rani Dasi
Barbara Fedders
Vickie Feaster Fornville
Jane S. Gabin
Madison N. Garcia
Solomon Gibson III
Mariela Hernandez
Lauren Kelly
Scott McConnell
Linda Mensing-Triplett
Honoria (Honor) Middough
Renee Peet
Ashton Powell
Michelle Rissling
Taylor Tally
Deon Temne
Allison Willis

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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