November 2, 2017
Mayor Pam Hemminger, with support of the Chapel Hill Town Council, joined more than 150 mayors from across the country on Monday, October 30, in support of an amicus brief filed by Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
Masterpiece Cakeshop is a pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court. It considers the constitutionality of enforcing anti-discrimination laws when business owners have asserted a religious justification for refusing to provide services to LGBTQ people in violation of those laws.
“Our support upholds the basic values of our community – that Chapel Hill is a Place for Everyone – and that our citizens are not discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or for any other reason,” Mayor Hemminger said. “The outcome of this case will have a significant impact on every city and county across our country.”
October 26, 2017
Minister Robert Campbell, president of the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association and past president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, has written an open letter to the Chapel Hill community endorsing Pam Hemminger for mayor.
"It has been an honor to not only witness the great works that she has done within this city, but to also have been able to collaborate with her on many occasions. She has been a Mayor that hears the voice of the people and follows suit when necessary. It has been a tremendous journey watching her excel and grow in this leadership role."
October 18, 2017
Pam Hemminger, who defeated incumbent Mark Kleinschmidt two years ago, is going to be reelected. After all, her only competition is a write-in candidate. Hemminger, the former chairwoman of the Carrboro-Chapel Hill City Schools Board of Education and vice chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, is running unopposed for a good reason: her constituents like her.
The Orange-Chatham Sierra Club has endorsed Pam Hemminger for re-election as Mayor of Chapel Hill.
"She supports walkability and bicycle routes, while working to increase bicycle safely. Her support for Sierra Club values like open space, preserving the tree canopy and rural buffer, and good management of stormwater has been specific in a number of plans for the town," read the endorsement.
The club also noted the leadership Hemminger has provided on important water-quality issues. "Her leadership on water pollution, use of graywater, and stormwater management has been impressive in Chapel Hill and the Jordan Lake Watershed. She understands that one of the principles of smart growth is density along transportation corridors."
October 5, 2017
CHALT—Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town—has announced their endorsement of Pam Hemminger for re-election as mayor of Chapel Hill.
The community-funded organization commended Hemminger for bringing "a new tone of collaboration to town hall" and noted that she "has achieved remarkable progress in the challenging areas of downtown parking, tech sector jobs, regional planning for water quality protection, and development review."
September 6, 2017
Equality NC, an organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, has endorsed Pam Hemminger for mayor of Chapel Hill.
Maddie Majerus, Equality NC's director of organizing, commented, "We are proud to have you on our slate as an endorsed candidate for the 2017 cycle. We look forward to seeing you in office!"
Town of Chapel Hill, August 16, 2017
On behalf of all people of Chapel Hill, I want to extend our deep sympathies to every one of the victims of Saturday’s horrific events in Charlottesville.
We stand steadfast behind Mayor Michael Signer and the city of Charlottesville in denouncing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate which have no place in a democratic society.
Our sympathies are heightened by the knowledge that Charlottesville is so much like Chapel Hill, a distinguished university town that prides itself upon diversity, inclusion, and openness of thought.
Recognizing that we may not be immune from such an assault upon our own community for upholding the values that we share, it is important to make it clear that, although we support First Amendment rights, we will not tolerate hatred, bigotry, racism or violence.
In the days since the tragic incidents in Charlottesville, our law enforcement officers and Town staff have been working closely with the University to be prepared should a similar event occur in Chapel Hill.
We are taking necessary steps to protect the safety and well-being of our community, which at this time of year is welcoming students for the fall semester from all over our state, our nation and the world.
I am confident that Chapel Hill will stand united, working together to demonstrate our commitment to respectful civic discourse as a way of moving forward on the important issues that lay before our town and our nation.
Town of Chapel Hill, August 15, 2017
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is among more than 100 mayors and county officials from 35 states who issued a letter today to President Trump calling on him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until a legislative solution is enacted for all undocumented immigrant youth, otherwise referred to as Dreamers.
Many cities have embraced the DACA program, and DACA has in turn provided thousands of residents with the opportunity to pursue higher education, career goals, and give back to the country they call home. Cities and counties have supported DACA applicants and recipients through investments in legal services, outreach efforts to eligible youth, and easing access to school records and public documents for prospective applicants. These contributions have helped nearly 800,000 individuals obtain DACA and give back to their communities.
Chapel Hill, July 7, 2017
“It has been my pleasure to serve the people of Chapel Hill for the past eighteen months,” said Mayor Hemminger, who was first elected in 2015 after serving on the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Chapel Hill–Carrboro City School Board.
“Diversifying our tax base and increasing jobs have been top priorities for me,” says Hemminger, who in her first term brought together members of the private sector to create Chapel Hill’s first Innovation Council, championed the creation of a new light industrial planning zone, and led a joint effort with Orange County to bring Wegmans grocery to Chapel Hill.
“There is so much creative energy and innovation here,” Hemminger explained. “It’s time for Chapel Hill to take the initiative to capture UNC spin-offs and attract new companies in order to broaden our tax base and increase high-paying local job opportunities.”
Hemminger is proud of her work to address social justice and community issues, especially the ongoing Food for the Summer program, which provided more than 48,000 meals and distributed over 3,500 free books to children throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro last summer. She also successfully advocated for the town to commit funding to the Rogers Road sewer project, fulfilling a 45-year promise to that community’s residents.
Her first term also saw the town’s purchase of the American Legion property, one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts in town, and formation of a task force to discuss ways the site can provide economically sustainable recreation space in this rapidly developing part of Chapel Hill. She also engaged Council, staff, residents, and the business community in making design improvements to the Ephesus-Fordham form-based code, including reduced block size, increased public space, and better walkability.
“It has been an amazing and productive eighteen months,” said Hemminger about her first term as mayor. “I am excited by the opportunity to continue to take the lead on important issues and look forward to hearing from constituents during this campaign season.”
Daily Tar Heel, July 7, 2017
Are you originally from Chapel Hill?
No, but I’ve been here 30 years. My husband is a professor at UNC. We met at Vanderbilt.
In your opinion, what has been your most defining accomplishment as mayor?
Food for the Summer. Feeding our kids over the summer who are on free or reduced lunch, who don’t have access to the meals during the summer months. This is our second year.