TO THE EDITOR:
Last fall, as a candidate for Chapel Hill Town Council, I had hoped to earn the endorsement of the Daily Tar Heel (I didn’t) and to motivate students to vote (I tried). In spite of campaigning on campus, endorsements by the AFL-CIO and Sierra Club and sharing my experiences on community boards, education, Peace Corps and advocacy for students, minorities, transportation and affordable housing, very few students voted.
According to the Board of Election, in last fall’s Chapel Hill election the median age of voters was 60, only 12 percent of registered voters participated. Only 179 of the 5313 voters were less than 24 years old.
Of course, it is local government that determines so much of the daily life for everyone.
This spring there is another important election. Here the Democratic Primary will determine the fall winners for County Commissioner, Sheriff and other local offices.