Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger today released a statement that she will not be running for reelection for a fourth term. In her statement, she notes that during her tenure, “we put the framework in place to ensure a future that is inclusive, productive, and that nurtures a strong, diverse community. Many of the decisions we faced were hard, but we knew that this progressive vision and its implementation are crucial to the long-term health of our entire community. Now is not a time to pause or reverse course.”

You can read her full announcement here.

Thank you Mayor Pam

While we have not always agreed with every decision Mayor Pam has made, we have appreciated her willingness to listen to all of her constituents, compromise, and make decisions after a lot of behind-the-scenes governing work. Her work on Food for Students has provided hundreds of thousands of meals for students in our community. During the pandemic, she was at the forefront of ensuring that students in our school district had wireless access and enough food to eat. We are appreciative of her votes on housing choices, and for championing the Complete Communities process.


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Geoff Green, AICP lives in Chapel Hill. In his day job he's a practicing urban planner; in his spare time he rides his electric bike around town and advocates for improved facilities so that everyone can...