The Carrboro Board of Aldermen added one new face Tuesday night.
Incumbents Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Sammy Slade were all re-elected, alongside newcomer Barbara Foushee. This is the first time Foushee has run for office. She won around 25.33 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from Orange County precincts.
Foushee held an election party at Hickory Tavern in Carrboro on Tuesday night, surrounded by friends and family.
“I’m just really excited for the turnout and support tonight, and just the way the community has supported me over the course of my campaign,” she said.
As adviser of the UNC undergraduate chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, she said the support of her sorority sisters and students meant a lot to her. One such presence at Hickory was UNC professor Deborah Stroman.
Stroman is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority and said she connected with Foushee when they met a few years ago because of the issues and communities Foushee advocates for.
“She’s a leader in our local NAACP and community issues, bringing everybody, all nationalities and ethnicities together,” she said. “Whenever anybody operates in that space, I’m there.”
According to unofficial results from Orange County precincts, Gist received 23.21 percent of the vote and Haven-O’Donnell received 22.5 percent.
Gist was first elected to the Board of Aldermen in 1989. Her re-election means she will serve at least 32 years in office. Gist said despite her experience, she worries every time she has to campaign.