Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils has been serving the Town of Carrboro for more than 10 years. Before stepping into the role of mayor a year and a half ago, he served on the Town Council. Seils' term officially ends in December, and he will not be seeking re-election.
The Daily Tar Heel's Laney Crawley sat down with Seils to discuss his mayoral career and the state of Carrboro.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
The Daily Tar Heel: What has been your favorite part about being mayor? What experiences stood out to you in general, and what have you learned about the community?
Damon Seils: My favorite parts of being mayor are getting good work done on issues that I care about and that I think people in Carrboro care about.
I've been on the Town Council for more than 10 years now, so I think part of what I learned is that people are eager for some change in our community. I think we've been delivering on that with our newly adopted comprehensive plan. It's always a challenge to balance people's sense of urgency with the realities of local government.
DTH: Tell me a little bit about the current state of Carrboro from your perspective. What would you say the main causes for concern are?
DS: Carrboro is facing a lot of the same challenges that other communities in our region are facing around housing affordability. That's one reason I think it's been so important that we did adopt a new comprehensive plan — our first comprehensive plan — so that we can begin tackling some of these things, including, in particular, the supply and diversity of housing in Carrboro.
We live in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. We need to participate in the growth that is occurring around us so that it doesn't take us over.