Write-in candidate Eugene Farrar announced he would run for mayor alongside incumbent Mayor Pam Hemminger for Chapel Hill Town elections in November.
Farrar was born and raised in Chapel Hill and has been actively involved with various parts of the community. He was the former program chairperson for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and a Chapel Hill High School custodian. He said he wants to focus on helping local businesses and have the community become more engaged.
“The first initiative I would take is to involve the citizens that live in Chapel Hill, (and have them) involved in the process and openly have a dialogue with the communities so that they can feel and have an impact on the community where they live,” he said.
Farrar said he also believes affordable housing is a persisting problem in the community that local politicians talk about during their campaign, but never doing anything about it.
“We talk about affordable housing but you never see it come to fruition,” he said.