Barbara Foushee will be the next mayor of Carrboro, according to unofficial results.
She is the first Black woman to serve as mayor of Carrboro and the second Black person to hold the office.
Foushee has served on Carrboro’s town council for six years. She won her seat in 2017 and was reelected again in 2021. Before her time on the council, Foushee served on Carrboro’s Human Services Advisory Board and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors.
Foushee grew up in eastern North Carolina and graduated from Saint Augustine’s University, a historically Black college in Raleigh.
“It's also kind of surreal,” Foushee said. “I could have never imagined, growing up in Duplin County all those years ago, that I would end up here running for mayor of a town.”
Though she ran as the sole candidate, Foushee said she still ran her campaign the same as she did for town council. Her campaign has participated in every forum, canvassed and talked to voters in the community, she said.
“It's been an unopposed race, but we have run the race nonetheless,” she said.
Foushee said she still felt the same anxiety and excitement she felt when she ran for town council in 2017 and 2021. On Election Day, Foushee said, she went to every Carrboro precinct at least twice, just as she normally does, to be visible to voters.