Candidates for local offices in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough attended a First Baptist Church service for a meet-and-greet event on Oct. 13.
During the Sunday service, candidates were invited to give a one-minute pitch about themselves and their platform. The congregation was later invited to join the candidates for an informal meet-and-greet session.
Candidates who attended represented a variety of local offices, including Chapel Hill Town Council, the mayor of Chapel Hill, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, the mayor of Carrboro, the Chapel Hill and Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners and the District Court Judge.
Many spoke about their roots in the community, plans for affordable housing, the necessity of combatting climate change and more. Some candidates spoke about fiscal concerns — diversifying the tax base and reducing water and sewer rates were mentioned by multiple candidates.
“I have friends who are school teachers and small business owners who struggle to find any housing in this town, yet I see luxury apartment buildings being built with no affordable housing, and I think we need to change that,” said Renuka Soll, candidate for Chapel Hill Town Council.