The Democratic Women of Orange County (DWOC) hosted a “Date with the Candidates” speed dating event at the Chapel Hill Public Library Wednesday with many of the candidates running for municipal offices in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.
The night began with the mayoral candidates from Chapel Hill and Carrboro introducing themselves and their platforms. The candidates were incumbent Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, as well as incumbent Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and her challenger, Joshua Levenson.
The speed dating portion consisted of five large group circles that voters gathered in. In groups of three to four, the candidates moved from circle to circle, talking with participants about their platforms and answering questions. After every seven minutes, the candidates would switch to the next group, and the process would begin again.
Lisa Kaylie, vice president of DWOC, said this event was unlike other candidate forums because it allowed candidates and voters to have meaningful, intimate conversations.
“Our candidates have participated in a lot of forums and answered a lot of questionnaires, but we wanted to give them the opportunity to meet with voters directly and have small group discussion with them,” Kaylie said. “We thought that at a lot of the forums, general questions are answered, but voters have specific questions.”