Barbara Foushee, Carrboro Town Council member and mayor pro tem, announced on June 12 she is running for reelection.
Foushee began her term in November 2017, making her the only Black member serving on the council at the time. She spent the first two years in office as the board liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board, the Affordable Housing Advisory Commission, the Planning Board and the Intergovernmental Parks Work Group.
She also received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP the same year she was elected.
Foushee said her goal for reelection is to keep her seat on the board so she can introduce the ideas of the community into more conversations.
“I truly am a believer in community engagement," she said. "In my first term, that is really what I have been laser-focused on.”
She said that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she initiated and led crucial conversations on the virus's disproportionate effects on people of color. She said it was eye-opening to see how many people didn’t know what resources were offered locally or how to access them.
She said these conversations were applicable to more than just COVID-19, because they let people know they have advocates and resources at their disposal.
Andrea Tanner, Foushee's current campaign manager, said she is honored to aid in Foushee's reelection efforts.
Tanner said she has worked with Foushee for several years on the Human Services Advisory Board, where she serves as the chairperson.