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Candidates swarm voters with policy objectives at ‘speed dating’ event

Candidates initially dominated the conversation, trying to market themselves over their competition. However, by the time the last group went, some candidates were opening up their seven minutes by asking the participants if they had any questions while simultaneously addressing the audience’s inquiries. 

Jessica Anderson, who is seeking re-election to the Chapel Hill Town Council, spent much of her time talking about her commitment to promoting affordability.

“It’s about having access to all sorts of resources,” she said, addressing a question about the most important issue she wants to tackle. “If you can’t get places, if you don’t have access to transit, if you don’t have access to your health care and your grocery store, those are all affordability as well.”  

Taking care of the environment and improving the transportation system were among the most heavily covered topics discussed by almost every candidate. 

Renuka Soll, who is also running for Chapel Hill Town Council, highlighted the importance of caring for trees. 

“I think we need to do transportation analysis,” Soll said. “You need to look at the land and see what could be built on it because sometimes you see concept plans and there are things that are sensitive, and they put houses there — they try to get as much as they can, and then they try to fix it.” 

Kaylie said she hoped attendees would press the candidates on issues such as Hillsborough town growth, the necessity of transportation infrastructure and how to remain climate friendly in a time of development. 

“The biggest topic is how we get people to vote. We really need people to get out and vote in our local election,” Kaylie said. “For me, I feel like municipal government is really what makes the most difference in our daily lives, and it gets neglected a lot, so I really hope that people come out and vote.”

Early voting has already begun in the county. Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 1, with polls closing an hour early on Halloween. They are also open on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Election Day is Nov. 5. 

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