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Everything The Daily Tar Heel has published about the 2023 municipal elections

Early voting signs for municipal elections sit outside at Chapel of The Cross on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023.

The Daily Tar Heel has covered a wide array of issues and produced dozens of stories on the 2023 municipal elections. 

We've compiled these stories into one place, so you can go to the polls informed about your choices. We'll update this page as we publish more stories on the elections, right up until Election Day.

First and foremost, we've published the results of the Carrboro mayoral and town council races. Other stories to come.

Chapel Hill Town Council and mayoral races

  • This summer, we covered some of the major candidate announcements in the Chapel Hill elections, like for Jess Anderson, Adam Searing and Theodore Nollert.
  • But even before the campaign began, the main dividing lines were being drawn. Searing had staked his opposition to the Housing Choices LUMO plan, and voted against the change in a meeting over the summer, just after he announced his mayoral candidacy.
  • We broke the news that a new PAC proposed by a local resident that planned to raise $120,000 to support Searing and his town council slate was not forming. Some residents later urged prospective donors to instead give to the Chapel Hill Leadership PAC, which is affiliated with CHALT.
  • Later on, we investigated what appeared to be an illegal nonprofit event to support Searing and his slate of town council candidates. The founder of the nonprofit denied that the group hosted the event, saying the host was actually CHALT, despite flyers and advertisements that included the nonprofit's email.
  • When they came out, we reported on the initial campaign finance reports and the overlap between the Chapel Hill Leadership PAC — which is affiliated with CHALT — and Searing's donors. 
  • When Searing sent out a mailer that illegally left off a payment disclosure, we covered his response.
  • We've covered sustainability in the election, misinformation, student voting and low turnout. We've covered how the different parts of our community have responded to housing rules, and we spoke to sitting mayor Pam Hemminger about the election and potential outcomes.
  • After a poll came out about the election, we covered the results.
  • We did some digging into the differences between 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, which were put front and center in the election when Searing wrote negatively about Triangle Blog Blog and NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro in a newsletter.

Carrboro Town Council and mayoral races

CHCCS Board of Education race



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Ethan E. Horton

Ethan E. Horton is the 2023-24 city & state editor at The Daily Tar Heel. He has previously served as a city & state assistant editor and as the 2023 summer managing editor. Ethan is a senior pursuing a double major in journalism and media and political science, with a minor in history.

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