This year, over 2,000 more votes were cast in the municipal elections for Chapel Hill mayor, town council and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education than in 2021.
Chapel Hill elected Jess Anderson as its mayor with nearly 59 percent of the vote. According to a poll done by Public Policy Polling, Anderson and fellow mayoral candidate Adam Searing were predicted to be within a percent of each other.
Over 12,000 votes were cast in the Chapel Hill mayoral election, marking a nearly 20 percent increase from the 2021 municipal election.
Theodore Nollert, Amy Ryan and Melissa McCullough won three of the four open seats on the town council. The fourth spot is currently held by Elizabeth Sharp, but Renuka Soll is 16 votes behind — within the margin for a recount. Sharp and Soll both earned 10.7 percent of the vote. The final election numbers, including provisional ballots and late mail-in votes, will be counted over the next week.
Sharp compared the slim margin in this race to the 2019 town council race, where Tai Huynh won a seat by 24 votes.
“It does seem like municipal elections, at least in Chapel Hill, the margins are really, really slim,” Sharp said.
Meredith Ballew, Rani Dasi, Barbara Fedders and Vickie Feaster Fornville won the four open seats on the school board.
Anderson, the mayor-elect, said this election’s turnout may have been impacted by there being two well-defined sides of the race.
She said some of the more contentious issues of this race include the Housing Choice text amendment and the conversion of a portion of the American Legion property for affordable housing.