A Successful First Term

During my 2015 campaign, I shared my vision for a better way forward with the voters of Chapel Hill. 

Once elected as your mayor, I hit the ground running, working hard with Council, town staff, UNC, residents, and the business community to bring that vision to life and fulfill the promises I made to voters:


Plan for a Solid Financial Future

Brought individuals from the private sector, UNC, county, and town together to form an Innovation Council that is working to retain start-ups and growing companies in Chapel Hill

Worked with staff and Council to develop and approve a light industrial zone on Millhouse Road to attract growing biotech and other manufacturing businesses and broaden the town's tax base

Championed the joint county-town effort to bring Wegmans grocery—and significant tax revenue and living-wage jobs—to Chapel Hill

Convened the Town Properties Task Force to evaluate Chapel Hill’s real estate assets and begin planning for the best use of these parcels to achieve town goals


Champion Good Growth

 Engaged Council, staff, citizen groups, the business community, and an urban designer in making ongoing improvements to the Ephesus-Fordham form-based code, including reduced block size, increased public space, and better walkability

 Led the drive for the town’s purchase of the American Legion property and convened a task force to explore how the site could provide economically sustainable recreation space in a rapidly developing part of town

 Partnered with UNC to expand the LAUNCH incubator with 3,500 square feet of co-working space


Improve Collaboration and Governance

 Instituted a tracking system for petitions to Council that improves accountability and transparency for citizens

 Joined with businesses, UNC, property owners, and other groups to improve downtown lighting and safety; reached an agreement with the university to provide more patron parking spaces at night by allowing employees to use off-hours UNC lots

 Brought disputing stakeholders to the table to produce a consensus plan for the African-American Cemetery marker

 Convened a water quality summit of the Jordan Lake watershed partners


Live Up to Our Values

 Launched the Food for the Summer meals program to bring together schools, nonprofits, state and federal groups, and 650+ volunteers to provide more than 48,000 meals for underserved town children

 Successfully advocated for the town to commit funding to the Rogers Road water and sewer project, fulfilling a 45-year-old promise to neighborhood residents

 Supported and encouraged the Chinese community’s interest in sharing their culture; the resulting Light Up! lantern festival had more than 10,000 attendees its first year

 Initiated a Council effort to develop our first strategic affordable housing plan


Our work to fulfill these promises has helped lay the groundwork for making Chapel Hill an even more vibrant, innovative, welcoming, and livable city in the coming years. With your support for another term as mayor, I’ll be able to build on this strong start and deliver on our shared vision for Chapel Hill’s future.