Fray is a member of the Carrboro Planning Board. They said the three issues most important to them are affordability, equity and climate resiliency.
Fray said that their time on the planning board has given them an up-close look at how the Town fails on housing affordability. Now, they said they know what needs to be done.
“I have a list of things that I would like us to fix in order to make it easier to build affordable housing,” they said.
Fray also said that non-car-centric transportation is important. They want to prioritize expanding bus services and adding improvements that will make streets safer for walkers and bikers.
Merrill moved to Carrboro 22 years ago, and for 16 of those years he's owned Back Alley Bikes.
He said his time spent with the community and the six years he has spent on the Chapel Hill Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board qualify him to run for town council.
“I feel like that combination of business experience, service and community connections puts me in a good intersection to hopefully do a good job,” Merrill said.
Merrill said his main issues are affordability, transportation, equity and sustainability. He also said that having a walkable, dense community with transit options is a practical way of addressing these issues.
Mills is a client service executive for law firm Fox Rothschild.
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She said an urgent concern she has for Carrboro is stormwater management — the Town's efforts to control water runoff into streets and other areas.
“It's very frustrating, and I would like to see that this process is done differently,” Mills said.
Other issues important to Mills' campaign are equity, local infrastructure and sustainability. She said that overall, she wants Carrboro citizens to know she is listening to their concerns.
“I take what they say about their streets and their community to heart because they live there, day in and day out, and that matters,” Mills said.
Wade said the decades she has spent working in education, information technology and government across the country have prepared her to serve on the council.
“I think that I have something to offer that my opponents do not,” Wade said.
Wade’s platform includes issues such as local government transparency, stormwater management, transportation, green infrastructure and community engagement.
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