CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated a claim about the Save Orange Schools PAC and Chapel Hill Leadership PAC endorsing candidates in the 2020 Orange County commissioners election.These PACs did not endorse candidates, but their affiliated organizations — Save Orange Schools and the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town (CHALT) did endorse candidates in the election. The article has been updated to reflect the change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners got a shake up in Tuesday’s election.
One-term incumbent Mark Marcoplos was unseated by challenger Amy Fowler, vice chairperson of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) Board of Education, in the at-large race. Fowler received 77.54 percent to Marcoplos’ 22.46 percent, according to unofficial results.
Two commissioners will be elected from the three candidates who ran for District 1. Jean Hamilton, a former member of the CHCCS Board, won one of the seats with 37.73 percent of the vote. Penny Rich received 31.15 percent and Mark Dorosin received 31.12 percent, according to unofficial results.
With just nine votes separating Rich and Dorosin for the second seat in District 1, the election has the potential for a recount. But Rachel Raper, director of the Orange County Board of Elections, said the vote totals may change before the vote is certified.