In a matter of years a community-based political organization has cemented its role in Chapel Hill politics. Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town (CHALT) endorsed Mayor Pam Hemminger as well as council members Jessica Anderson and Nancy Oates in the 2015 local elections.
Three out of four candidates CHALT endorsed won seats in town council elections two years ago, and CHALT will endorse candidates for the November elections.
“Turnout in municipal elections is always fairly low because it’s usually off-year (from the presidential election) but turnout jumped in that election and even the one candidate CHALT endorsed who lost, he still wound up winning more votes than most of the incumbents have won with,” CHALT member John Quinterno said.
Del Snow has served on several planning boards and task force committees for the town of Chapel Hill and her experience with town policy led her to become one of the founding members of CHALT.
“We used to have a thoughtful Council that weighed consequences and made decisions that were not harmful," Snow said. "And this new Council seemed very overly-friendly to developers where it was only their viewpoint that seemed to matter and nothing else seemed to carry much weight. That was the reason we started CHALT.”