Local politics can be difficult to follow, given the minimal mediaÂ coverage and (fortunate) lack of political party involvement. FriendsÂ often ask me for my advice about how to vote in sleepy local electionsÂ such as this yearâ€™s Orange County Commissioners race. I canâ€™t in goodÂ conscience endorse any of the incumbents. The current board seems toÂ have invented a new form of government in which the staff setsÂ policies, and then elected officials occasionally have misinformed orÂ irrelevant discussions about them after the manager has alreadyÂ implemented his decision.
I strongly endorse Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich in District 1. BothÂ will bring good ideas and real leadership to the Board of OrangeÂ County Commissioners. In District 2, I support Renee Price who will be
a better advocate for progressive policies than the incumbent. If youÂ live in Hillsborough or rural Orange County, you will also beÂ selecting 3 school board members. I recommend giving a vote toÂ Lawrence Sanders who will bring thoughtful enthusiasm to the job. AndÂ there can be no doubt that Valerie Foushee is the best choice for NCÂ House in every way. Iâ€™m happy to say that The Independent WeeklyÂ agrees, and endorsed all of these candidates as well.
If you enjoy living in one of the most open-minded andÂ forward-thinking counties in North Carolina, as I do, I hope you willÂ join me in voting for these hard-working progressive leaders. And ifÂ you have your own ideas about who people should vote for, I hope youÂ will join the conversation at orangepolitics.org/issue/elections/2012.