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Saturday May 27th

Crowd Supports Herrera, Carrboro Government

More than 70 people of different ages and nationalities crowded the room to show support for Herrera and the returning officials.

"I haven't seen that many people, unless they were mad, be in that room, so that was great," Gist said.

Herrera, the first Hispanic immigrant elected to a municipal government post in North Carolina, won the election over former Alderman Allen Spalt, who made a speech before leaving the meeting.

"John, I wish you the best as you join the board," Spalt said.

Spalt also said he would be continuing to participate in Carrboro's future.

"I'll help you when you ask and sometimes when you don't," he said. "Carrboro is in great shape as long as so many people care about it."

Nelson said he appreciated the work Spalt had done during his time in office.

"He has a deeper understanding of environmental issues than any other elected official in this county," Nelson said. "He's been a dear friend for 15 years. I will miss you."

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce made a donation in Spalt's name to the Orange Community Housing and Land Trust.

Herrera received a large amount of audience support. When he was sworn into office, many of the crowd members chanted his name.

One audience member yelled, "John, amigo, el pueblo est

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