Hongbin Gu, Karen Stegman, Allen Buansi and Rachel Schaevitz will fill four vacant seats on Chapel Hill Town Council — and all were endorsed by the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Liveable Town (CHALT).
Incumbents Maria Palmer and Ed Harrison both lost their seats, alongside newcomer Carl Schuler.
According to unofficial results from the Orange County Board of Elections, Hongbin Gu won approximately 20 percent of the vote — the highest percentage of any of the candidates. After facing discrimination during her campaign, Gu said the support of the Chinese-American community has amazed her.
“Since last year’s election, a lot have felt frustrated, depressed, put in fear of all the rhetorics we hear,” Gu said. “I think today we truly feel we are part of this country. We are part of this community. We are all Americans. From this campaign, we can see that.”
During his election-night victory speech at R&R Grill, Allen Buansi said his goal from the very first day of his campaign was to incorporate more of the community into the town’s decision-making process. His door will be open to anyone and everyone, he said.