After growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Jason Baker enjoys hiking once a week to explore the landscapes of Orange County.
In the future, Baker has his eyes set on getting more than fresh air from the area he has grown to love.
Following an unsuccessful bid in 2005, Baker is again running for a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council.
According to the Orange County Board of Elections website as of Wednesday morning, Baker will run against Lee Storrow, Laney Dale, Augustus Cho and Jon Dehart.
Current council member Donna Bell has also announced that she will run for another term.
As third vice chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, a member of the Chapel Hill planning board and a member of the Orange-Chatham Sierra Club, Baker is confident he can use his experience to better the town.
“I think a lot of times in Chapel Hill politics people talk a lot about sustainability issues,” Baker said. “And of the candidates who have declared so far, I’m really the only one who has a background working with both environmental organizations as well as working with economic development.”
Baker, who moved to Chapel Hill nine years ago to attend UNC, works as Weaver Street Market’s public relations and outreach coordinator and is currently working with other local businesses to start a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.
“I’m a big proponent of having a locally owned, locally centered economy that’s really built by businesses that are located totally within the community,” he said.