County Politics – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:59:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 County Politics – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC County Politics – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC County Politics – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/news/county-politics/ TV-G 63016882 It’s this easy to commit voter fraud http://chathamjournal.com/2016/11/08/easy-commit-voter-fraud/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:17:06 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6963 By Sharon Theil Pittsboro, NC – While preparing to vote in the 2016 Presidential election, I discovered that: 1) The name, address, race, polling place, and voter registration status (yes, this person is registered to vote in this election) are…

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By Sharon Theil

Pittsboro, NC – While preparing to vote in the 2016 Presidential election, I discovered that:

1) The name, address, race, polling place, and voter registration status (yes, this person is registered to vote in this election) are all Easily available on line.

2) A picture ID, such as a driver’s license, is not required to vote in Chatham County.

These are the facts.

Vote 2016Now, if every voter was as honest and trust worthy as you and I these facts would be unimportant.  However, since some voters may be less than honest, I think that it is reasonable to assume that some voters may cast more than one vote for their favorite candidate.

But, don’t take my word for it, prove it for yourself.  If I can do it you can do it, and probably in a lot less time.

First, go to canivote.org and enter your own name and then the names of some of your family and friends.

Then, choose a few different popular American surnames, the most popular is Smith, but you can find a full list here.

Put together a short list of say four or five popular last names.  Couple these with a very generic first name. I used Mary but, you can use Bob or Steve or whatever.

Then go to back to canivote.org and choose NC from the drop-down menu, type in a name on your list, and click.

You’ll see a list of all the people in NC with that name.

Click on those who are registered and live in Chatham County.

Write down their name, address, political party, and even who they voted for in past elections.

Do the same for the other names on your list being sure to write down their name and zip code very carefully.

And then just go down your list of names.

Click, enter, repeat.

Now all you need is each voter’s polling place.

So, go back to the Home Page and find Polling Place, it should be located right under the US map.

Enter the information to find each voter’s exact polling place.

That’s it.

Now, you too could vote multiple times, under multiple names, but of course you won’t.

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I am voting for Peyton Holland for Chatham County Commissioner – District 2 http://chathamjournal.com/2016/11/08/voting-peyton-holland-chatham-county-commissioner-district-2/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:14:43 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6960 by Gene Galin You may have had the opportunity to see and hear our local candidates at a campaign or public event. You may read about them in a newspaper or on a web site. But how often do you…

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by Gene Galin

You may have had the opportunity to see and hear our local candidates at a campaign or public event. You may read about them in a newspaper or on a web site. But how often do you get to see a candidate show his true colors in a non-political setting?

In this election we have an unaffiliated candidate running for Chatham County Commissioner, District 2. He got on the ballot by garnering enough verifiable signatures. This candidate’s name is Peyton Holland. He is a young man who is a long time resident of Chatham County and deeply cares about this county and it’s people.

I believe that Peyton Holland has a unique set of skill sets that will serve the citizens of Chatham County well.

Someone on the Chatlist pointed out a video on YouTube that showed Peyton giving a TED Talk about “Skills that pay the bills and redefine success” at

I’m not asking you to look at the entire video. Just take the time to sneak a peek for a minute or two and see what Peyton Holland is like when he talks about the things he is passionate about – young people and setting them up for a successful future in the work place.

There’s also a short one-minute video in an April 20, 2016 News 8 story “Students participate in SkillsUSA ‘Leadership and Skills Conference’ at Greensboro Coliseum” here.

Peyton is the Executive Director of SkillsUSA North Carolina and has been involved in Career and Technical Education for over 15 years. He has devoted his career to helping create partnerships between education, industry and the community as he works to help students develop workplace, personal, and technical skills grounded in academics that will prepare them to be leaders in the workforce.

In Chatham County where most people still travel outside the county to go to work, we’re constantly seeking ways to encourage job creators to set up shop in Chatham County. Can Peyton Holland help do for this County what he has been doing at SkillsUSA? I say “Yes.” I believe that Peyton can be the catalyst to successfully push forward with our county’s efforts to recruit businesses and educate our children to the benefit of our Chatham community.

My dad always said that you should vote for the man and not for the party (there weren’t many women running for political office when I was a kid). When it comes to the local Chatham County commissioner race, let’s set aside the red team vs blue team hyperbole and let’s vote for the man who would be a terrific asset to this community – Peyton Holland Let’s vote for someone who will listen to the citizens of this county, whether “they have lived here for six days or six generations.”

Please join me on Tuesday, November 8 in voting for Peyton Holland for Chatham County Commissioner, District 2.

If you’re reading this on your smartphone on Election Day, go ahead and click on the link for Peyton’s TED talk to watch and listen to what he has to say. If you’re impressed, please pass along the link to several of your friends.

FMI: http://www.ourchathamnc.com/
More videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/genefoto/search?query=peyton+holland

And again, don’t forget to vote for Peyton Holland for Chatham County Commissioner this election day.

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Independent candidate Peyton Holland is an awesome choice for Chatham County commissioner http://chathamjournal.com/2016/11/07/independent-candidate-peyton-holland-awesome-choice-chatham-county-commissioner/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:33:07 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6946 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – Thanks to Jane Moore for posting that excellent SkillsUSA video with Peyton Holland talking about future jobs and what our kids can do to be in line to get them – I took the time…

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Pittsboro, NC – Thanks to Jane Moore for posting that excellent SkillsUSA video with Peyton Holland talking about future jobs and what our kids can do to be in line to get them –

I took the time to view it and I definitely felt it was worth the time. The neat thing about the video is that it’s NOT a campaign video. It’s a video of Peyton Holland doing his job as director of SkillsUSA NC. He is clearly passionate about his job and helping young people find the right place for themselves in the workplace.

And he’s not talking about low-wage unskilled labor. He’s talking about skilled well paying jobs. It’s awesome to hear someone talk about how bright our kids futures could be.

An added bonus is seeing the love and respect Peyton shows for his dad during the video. I hope my children will think that highly of their daddy when they are adults.

As a mom with teenagers, I think Peyton Holland is an awesome choice for Chatham county Commissioner. (My husband agrees) I’m voting for him on Tuesday! If you’re a parent or grandparent I highly recommend that you vote for Peyton Holland as well!

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New online application helps Chatham voters find their precinct location http://chathamjournal.com/2016/11/07/new-online-application-helps-chatham-voters-find-precinct-location/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:18:41 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6942 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Office has worked with the county’s Board of Elections to develop an online application to help voters find their voting precinct locations. The application allows voters to search for their precinct…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Office has worked with the county’s Board of Elections to develop an online application to help voters find their voting precinct locations.

The application allows voters to search for their precinct by entering their street address or selecting a point on the map. The application will give directions if you are not sure how to get there.

Other features include:

  • External links to verify your voter registration, print absentee ballot request information, print a voter registration form and visit the county’s Board of Elections home page.
  • Locations for early voting and how to identify the closest one using the “Near Me” widget. Early voting is available Oct. 20 – Nov. 5, 2016.
  • Additional information on the polling locations, such as contact information and polling hours.

To access the online application, visit: http://gisservices.chathamnc.org/pollingplaces.

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Karen Howard shows her disdain for Chatham County citizens http://chathamjournal.com/2016/10/28/karen-howard-shows-disdain-chatham-county-citizens/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:33:23 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6920 *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – In the Chatham Chatlist from Wednesday of this week Mr. Jerry Markatos commented on the commission meeting discussing zoning and the comments by Chatham County commissioner Karen Howard (D). His discussion is not correct regarding…

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Pittsboro, NC – In the Chatham Chatlist from Wednesday of this week Mr. Jerry Markatos commented on the commission meeting discussing zoning and the comments by Chatham County commissioner Karen Howard (D). His discussion is not correct regarding that Howard is addressing two hecklers from the crowd.

If you listen carefully, this is the statement Karen Howard makes: Even those voices that spoke did not give meaningful input on what was being discussed.

Karen Howard is clearly showing her disdain for the Chatham County citizens who took time to speak for or against zoning, as the meeting was strictly for show anyway.

I would say this continues a trend at the county level, but since we have heard almost nothing from Karen Howard in the past couple months that would not be true.

It is our responsibility to vote, but only if we make informed votes not dictated by one or the other of our national Political Corporations (I could have said Political Parties, but both parties really are corporations that exist solely for their own benefit, not for your benefit). One party wants you to vote the blue ballot, the other party wants you to vote whatever color ballot they are using. Do not vote how a Political Corporation tells you to vote. Think, research, and then vote your own ballot. You have a few days left of early voting. Make your vote count.

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Time for Chatham County to throw out the liberal blue team http://chathamjournal.com/2016/10/28/time-chatham-county-throw-liberal-blue-team/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:55:01 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6909 By *protected email* Silk Hope, NC – I have had certain Democrats come at me with pitchforks and torches over this election. What I have learned so far.  If you even lean to the right any you’re attacked with a Trump…

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Silk Hope, NC – I have had certain Democrats come at me with pitchforks and torches over this election. What I have learned so far.  If you even lean to the right any you’re attacked with a Trump pitchfork. Anyone who leans right is automatically thrown under the Trump bus as a deplorable HB2 bigot idiot racist. If you lean left any you’re a baby killing socialist who wants to take our first and second amendment rights and burn the constitution under Hillary. We have been dealt a hard hand on the presidential level and I fault both parties equally for that. I think it would be wise to separate county politics from a national level and focus on Chatham County.   Certain people keep pulling national politics into Chatham County political conversations because they want to muddy the waters for voters so we can’t see clearly who we want to support.

Mike Cross is a democrat that has served our county well. I would vote for him again if he chose to run again because he has a balanced approach and bi partisan history of working across party lines for the good of not just one group or part of the county but the county as a whole. This is what I am looking for in who I will vote for on November 8. Virginia Penley is trying to throw Peyton Holland under the bus because the GOP put him as a proffered choice on the sample ballot. She feels that he is in with them for this reason.  If you take a minute to look at that sample ballot you will see he’s running against Mike Dasher the democrat for commissioner. It only makes common sense if you don’t have a member of your party running against someone of the opposite party who will not work across party lines to prefer someone that’s an independent that will work across party lines with you than against. The current history of Chatham County Commissioners leans toward commissioners who will not work across party lines with an agenda based platform that does not reflect the population of the entire county. Karen Howard clearly stated our comments have no value and now Mike Dasher is running as her left hand man.

I met Peyton Holland and I have looked into his campaign. His signs are not being distributed by the GOP.  His campaign is running on its own and getting his platform out and supplying folks with signs and literature. They have not provided a sample ballot supporting any GOP or Democrat.  His goal seems to be to bring balance back to county government and make it work for all Chathamites. He’s a smart young energetic intelligent man with passion for helping the people of this county. Unlike some politicians I don’t see that clear agenda based political BS in his nature.  He’s not been tainted by either party. I do feel he leans conservative and that’s not a bad thing.  It’s his open approach that won me over. He is a promising face of what our political leader should be .

I said it before I was a full blown democrat because that’s the way our family voted. When I started to look at politicians and how they made promises and then carried that promise out just to make a mess that cost us tons of money and time to repeal or replace legislation done all in the name of progress I had to reconsider my own political affiliation. I’m now an unaffiliated (independent) voter.  It’s clear I am angry like many. Lots of folks still do not know they have been zoned or what exactly it means. I have a friend who had graded a spot to build a shop on in a few years for him and his son. Now it won’t happen with the required engineer to look at the property, reassess the grade, permits, lawyer to provide help getting a variance and other R1 zoning stumbling blocks thrown in every citizens path by a hurried looky what we did mentality all in the name of progress. I believe that they should have waited on the comprehensive study and looked at the options and had open community meetings not for or against zoning but how can we move forward with zoning and fairly accommodate everyone county wide not just the north east corner. Not all folks in the north east are far left progressives afraid of the big bad next door neighbor who will smoke up their yard with an occasional BBQ or god forbid someone opens a new business. Lots of people in the North east were trapped by progress, too much development too fast. Now the county is zoned R1 developers have a green light. It’s too hard to start up a small business and almost impossible to expand an existing one under R1.

They kept their campaign promise and zoned Chatham, looky what we did. They created a mess that will take years to fix that really doesn’t protect anyone but developers.

I’m focused on what will bring balance back to Chatham and that would be Peyton Holland and Jay Stobbs as commissioners.   We have three teams , Red (Jay Stobbs) White (Peyton Holland independent) and Blue (Howard and Dasher). It’s that simple. You can vote for more of the same or you can real progress with folks that value your comments and respect you as citizens of this county .

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Chatham Democrats have a choice for commissioner this election with Peyton Holland http://chathamjournal.com/2016/10/19/chatham-democrats-choice-commissioner-election-peyton-holland/ Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:32:47 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6900 by *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – I am glad to see that Democrats in Chatham County have a choice for commissioner this election. We now have a candidate that is running for Chatham County commissioner that seems to be interested…

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Pittsboro, NC – I am glad to see that Democrats in Chatham County have a choice for commissioner this election.

We now have a candidate that is running for Chatham County commissioner that seems to be interested in actually hearing and listening to the citizens of Chatham County.

Due to the efforts of a whole bunch of folks who are tired of the liberal Jeff Starkweather dominated Democratic leadership, we now have a choice. He is an unaffiliated candidate who managed to get enough verified signatures to run against Jeffrey Starkweather’s candidate Mike Dasher.

You can go with the haters and vote for Michael Dash or you can go with the folks who love this county and vote for Peyton Holland.

I love the video where he talks about growing up here and going to school at Moncure and at Northwood. He’s who he is in part because of the lessons he learned growing up in Chatham county.

Here’s a video of Peyton Holland speaking before the county commissioners – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mLkjOj1Zb0

Here’s his TED talk about “Skills that pay the bills and redefine success” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OvVlkx69Ys (I was impressed by Peyton’s message in this clip. A good message for young and old alike)

Here’s his facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/OurChatham/

Citizens from all parts of Chatham County are saying it’s time for a commissioner candidate who will put the needs of our citizens above political agendas.

Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents have a county commissioner candidate who won’t play the partisan games.

I hope you take a little time and look at the videos of Peyton Holland and decide to cast your vote for him for Chatham County Commissioner.

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Current Chatham County voting districts deny direct representation http://chathamjournal.com/2016/08/03/current-chatham-county-voting-districts-deny-direct-representation/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:23:59 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6755 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – I have a question concerning the voting districts within Chatham County in relation to the county commissioners. Under the current system (please correct me if I’m wrong) the entire county votes for commissioner candidates…

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Pittsboro, NC – I have a question concerning the voting districts within Chatham County in relation to the county commissioners. Under the current system (please correct me if I’m wrong) the entire county votes for commissioner candidates for each district. So as a Pittsboro resident I’m voting for candidates to serve other districts.

voting boothsI see this as not only unfair, but downright discriminatory (as far as socio-economic status and urban/suburban/rural status). It creates “power blocks” in Siler City and Pittsboro, and denies direct representation on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.

So those that live in these areas are deciding who represents the rural areas, and the voices of those in rural areas are drowned out. I believe this is taxation without representation. A candidate may say they are representing their district, but we all have seen politicians say one thing and do another at all levels of government. This system should be changed.

If I have my facts wrong please let me know. Thank y’all in advance.

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Who is running for Chatham County commissioner? http://chathamjournal.com/2016/07/30/running-chatham-county-commissioner/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:47:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6738 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – We should all know by now that two Chatham county commissioner seats are on the ballot this fall. I was curious about what public information each of the candidates has provided about their positions…

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Pittsboro, NC – We should all know by now that two Chatham county commissioner seats are on the ballot this fall. I was curious about what public information each of the candidates has provided about their positions on the issues. We should all watch for evolving positions over the next four months.

Seeking District 1 Commissioner

Karen Howard is the incumbent Democrat. Howard lives in northern Chatham County with a Chapel Hill mailing address, and is a former attorney. She ran unopposed in 2014 to fill a position vacated by Sally Kost and is now running in an opposed election.

Ms Howard has published almost no information about her positions on Chatham County. She has a Facebook page. I cannot find a reelection website for her.

Emmett (Jay) Stobbs is the Republican challenging Karen Howard. Stobbs lives in northeast Chatham County with a Durham mailing address. He is a West Point graduate and a retired Army officer and was a manager at Northrop Grumman. Stobbs has information on his Facebook page and he has a website at www.jay4chatham.com.

Seeking District 2 Commissioner

The incumbent commissioner for District 2 is Mike Cross. Cross was defeated by Mike Dasher in the Democrat primary. Cross lost the support of the Chatham Democrat Party leadership after voting against county-wide zoning which is supported by the other Democrat commissioners (Howard, Hales, and Crawford). Read about that at chathamforward.com.

Mike Dasher is the Democrat seeking the District 2 Commissioner position. He has degrees in political science and finance, and runs a business developing residential properties. Dasher  lives in Moncure. He has a Facebook page is and he has a website at mikedasher.org.

Peyton Holland is running as an Independent (placed on the ballot by petition of county voters after the Primaries). In the past Holland has voted as a Republican. Holland lives in Moncure and has a graduate degree in management from NC State. He works as the Executive Director of SkillsUSA North Carolina. He has a Facebook page and his website is ourchathamnc.com.

Personal opinion

I chuckled when I saw a post on Dashers Facebook page stating that Howard and Dasher encourage citizen participation in a government that is thoughtful, deliberative, and transparent. I have not seen those qualities displayed yet by Commissioner Howard in the discussions about county-wide zoning.

Also interesting is that Mike Dasher runs a business developing residential properties. Will that be a conflict of interest for him during zoning discussions around residential development?

Anyway, (with the exception of Karen Howard who has seems to no published political position) check out the political promises on each candidates Facebook page and website, and watch how those pledges evolve until the election. Remember to vote in November, and after the election try to hold your representatives to the commitments they make.

For more information and to see the documents I reference visit my blog at https://countrylivingpolitics.blogspot.com/

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District Court Judge Lunsford Long bows out of reelection campaign http://chathamjournal.com/2016/07/26/district-court-judge-lunsford-long-bows-reelection-campaign/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:34:23 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6707 Chapel Hill, NC – Two-term District Court Judge Lunsford Long recently announced he has ended his reelection campaign, leaving only former District Bar president Sherri Murrell actively campaigning for the district court seat. Murrell currently serves as an assistant public…

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Chapel Hill, NC – Two-term District Court Judge Lunsford Long recently announced he has ended his reelection campaign, leaving only former District Bar president Sherri Murrell actively campaigning for the district court seat. Murrell currently serves as an assistant public defender in District 15B and is based in the Chatham County Office. In a letter sent to members of the Orange and Chatham County Bar on May 24, Long explained that the state’s law regarding the mandatory retirement age of judges would prevent him from serving more than one year of a four year term, and that he was determined that his replacement should be someone who embodies the values of Judicial District 15B, which includes all of Orange and Chatham Counties.

“As a result of legislation enacted by the General Assembly, the Bar’s opportunity to insure its approval of any successor-appointee has been eliminated and the Governor would have unfettered discretion in his appointment. I do not wish to risk having a replacement who does not share our Bar’s values and who does not carry our Bar’s approval. Therefore, I have decided not to pursue reelection,” Long’s letter read, in part. Murrell, who has practiced criminal, family, real estate, and trusts law in the district for more than two decades, was quick to praise Long.

“I’ve known Lunsford Long for a very long time. He has been a wise source of advice and encouragement, and he has been an extraordinarily fair and effective judge on our district court bench,” Murrell said. “I had great respect for him as an opponent in this race, and I am humbled by his willingness to take this step out of concern for the future of our district court.”

Long called “unfortunate” the state election laws that prohibit removal of his name from the ballot, and that he could not make an endorsement.

“Since I am no longer a candidate, the Canons of Judicial Ethics do not permit me to endorse any candidate for any office but I am able to say that I know Sherri Murrell well, and I know she is well qualified to replace me,” Long wrote in his letter to attorneys. “I would not have felt comfortable with my decision were this not so.”

Murrell promised to continue the active campaign she began last December, introducing herself to the citizens of District 15B and continuing an ongoing discussion from Hillsborough to Siler City about the law and the courts.

“It’s not only important that the people of the district understand how the law and courts work,” Murrell said. “But it’s especially important for me to hear the ways they haven’t
worked for people and to grapple with solutions. That’s been an eye-opening experience for me, and I intend to keep doing it.”

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. You can learn more about Sherri Murrell and her campaign by visiting www.murrellforjudge.com.

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