Jenn Weaver, who has served as mayor of Hillsborough since 2019, announced in April that she will not be seeking re-election this November. Weaver sat down with The Daily Tar Heel's Caroline Horne to talk about her time in office.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
The Daily Tar Heel: Why did you initially decide to run for Town commissioner and eventually for mayor of Hillsborough?
Jenn Weaver: I ran for Town commissioner a decade ago because I was already conditioned by my own upbringing — that being involved in the community at the local level was just part of what a person did.
I was volunteering for one of our advisory boards — and had been for several years — and when a couple of longtime Town commissioners decided not to run again, a handful of people in the community asked if I would be interested in running. When I decided to run for mayor, I was really thinking about all that we had been working on together as a community and as a Town government during my time as a commissioner and even before that.
DTH: In addition to keeping residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and passing North Carolina's first non-discrimination ordinance, what are some of the most significant challenges that you overcame as mayor?
JW: I think one of the most important things that we've done in my most recent term is getting the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan in terms of process, and then from process to final adoption.
I should emphasize that it is the Town staff who really did the legwork there with the consultants we hired. Seeing that through as mayor, and as a Town board, was just so important for laying the groundwork for continuing to evolve into the Hillsborough that we aspire to be, going many years into the future.
Hillsborough also has a major affordability challenge, just like all of our neighbors do. We've been talking about affordable housing a lot. In terms of meeting market-rate housing that's in the missing middle, our Comprehensive Sustainability Plan will play a powerful role there.