Topics: Mark Kleinschmidt

Mark Kleinschmidt is mayor of Chapel Hill. He was first elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2001. He served two terms before running for mayor in 2009. His current term expires in 2015.

His election in 2001 made him the fifth openly gay North Carolinian elected in state history, and he is Chapel Hill's first openly gay mayor. He has served on various committees, including his chairing of the Council Economic Development Committee and the Council Communications Committee. Kleinschmidt was president of the ACLU Board of Directors from 2008-9. He received a bachelor's degree in social studies education from UNC in 1992 and his J.D. from UNC School of Law in 2000.

NC's openly LGBTQ political figures talk representation in government and HB2's partial repeal

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Political figures in the North Carolina LGBTQ community met on campus Friday to discuss LGBTQ representation in government and the newly passed House Bill 142.


CHALT-endorsed candidates lead local polls

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Polls show Pam Hemminger and other challengers are in the lead for Chapel Hill municipal elections. 


Mayors mix it up for Orange County Rape Crisis Center fundraiser

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Mayors Mark Kleinschmidt and Lydia Lavelle tried their hands at bartending to raise money for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. 


No "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants in North Carolina

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A bill presented to the governor’s office Wednesday might allow police in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham to have more discretion when enforcing immigration policies.


Chapel Hill mayor challenger raises more so far than incumbent

Compared to his first mayoral campaign, incumbent Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt has received substantially less public funding this time running. Despite fewer contributions, Kleinschmidt has maintained a lead in the polls over his two challengers. 


Chapel Hill mayor elections expected to be close

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As the November election draws closer, poll indications show that the race for mayor in Chapel Hill will be more competitive than usual.


Chapel Hill mayoral race draws 3 candidates

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In his fourth campaign for mayor, incumbent Mark Kleinschmidt finally has some competition.


Gay activists at UNC reflect on 40 years

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When Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt came to UNC as freshman in 1988, he was looking for a community, and he found one in the Carolina Gay Association.


Chapel Hill Town Council donates land to construct Habitat for Humanity duplex

Two low-income families will soon inhabit a duplex in the Northside neighborhood after the town of Chapel Hill donates two plots of land to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.


Chapel Hill Public Library celebrates banned books

Move over Pokemon: Chapel Hill Public Library trading cards are the next big thing.


Block party brings together UNC student and Northside residents

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Andreah Williams and her son Tyshaun Pope heard music around the corner and decided to follow it.


Chapel Hill to host US mayors for 3-day conference

Local government leaders from all over the country will assemble in Chapel Hill for the Mayors Innovation Project summer meeting Wednesday to discuss affordable housing, civic engagement and developing entrepreneurial communities.


Local officials eye NC abortion bill

As an N.C. General Assembly bill to put new restrictions on North Carolina abortion clinics moves forward, some in Chapel Hill are afraid of the consequences the abortion regulations might have on local women.


Chapel Hill mops up after flash flood

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On Monday morning, fans, squeegees and mops were out in full force on Franklin Street. But by afternoon, most of them, and the water they had sought to dispel, were gone.


No more public funds for Chapel Hill candidates

Candidates will begin filing for office in Chapel Hill Friday — and they will do so without a public campaign financing program that has been in place since 2008.


Chapel Hill Town Council approves longer library hours, higher taxes

Residents can expect higher municipal taxes and expanded library hours as Chapel Hill’s new budget goes into effect.


BlueCross BlueShield leaves Chapel Hill

As a major insurance company prepares to leave its Chapel Hill headquarters, town officials say the move represents an opportunity for development.


Chapel Hill keeps towing restrictions, cellphone ban

Chapel Hill will regain its ability to enforce two town ordinances — one banning cellphone use while driving and one enforcing restrictions on tow companies — after a court decision Tuesday.


Thorps say goodbye to the small city

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Chancellor Holden Thorp and his wife will leave behind more than just their beloved University when they move to St. Louis next month.


Raging Grannies activist a cappella group performs anti-war medley

Set to the tune of “Frere Jacques”, the Raging Grannies performed a rousing anti-war medley that fit in well with an afternoon devoted to a discussion of defense spending.