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Laney Dale files to run for Chapel Hill Town Council seat

Photo: Laney Dale files to run for Chapel Hill Town Council seat (Sofia Morales)
Laney Dale will run for a seat in the Chapel Hill Town Council in November.

Sitting in traffic for hours is one thing Laney Dale doesn’t miss about living in Los Angeles.

“I love living in a small town,” he said. “There is not too much that would draw me back to a bigger city again.”

Due to his love of the area’s small town atmosphere, Dale has filed to run for a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council.

According to the Orange County Board of Elections website as of Wednesday morning, Dale will run against Lee Storrow, Jason Baker, Augustus Cho, Jon DeHart and incumbent Matt Czajkowski.

Current council member Donna Bell has also announced that she will seek another term.

Dale, who moved to Chapel Hill four years ago, said his decision to run was based on maintaining the standard of living that first drew him to the area.

“I moved here to provide a better quality of life for my family and for myself,” he said. “And I would like to work to maintain that quality of life within Chapel Hill for the foreseeable future.”

Dale is a member of the Parks & Recreation Commission and also the co-founder and CEO of a technology startup Appuware, which develops and designs mobile applications.

Dale said his long history of running organizations from start-ups to larger companies has given him the ability to drive future growth and to plan for the future.

Chip Royce, who has been Dale’s business partner for the past two years, said Dale will bring more to the table than just business skill.

“He has not only been a great business partner but he’s always been focused in family and community,” Royce said.

When he is not running his company, Dale likes to play music, ride his motorcycle and serve as a professional soccer referee. But more than anything, he said he likes to spend time with his kids.

“He is very family-oriented, and he loves that about Chapel Hill,” his wife Deborah Sharp-Dale said.

Dale said he will focus on maintaining proper growth limits for the town. While he thinks it is important to expand the services offered to residents, he said he would like to keep Chapel Hill a small town.

“I want Chapel Hill to remain a great place to raise a family, a great place to live, a great place to go to school and a great place to spend the rest of your life,” he said.

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