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North Carolina counties which enact the Article 46 sales tax — a local option levy of an additional quarter cent on all retail items except for unprepared food and gasoline — have the option of also writing a resolution saying how the funds will be used. It’s not required, but the Chatham County Commissioners, like many county boards before it, have set aside four potential uses for any revenues from the tax, which will be decided on by Chatham voters during the 2020 primary vote in March. more
The only Chatham-specific candidate primary in this year’s election pits an incumbent commissioner against a political newcomer. Former board chairman and current Commissioner Mike Dasher is … more
PITTSBORO — Pittsboro Commissioner John Bonitz has come under fire recently over a contract between the town of Pittsboro and the company for which he works, N.C. Clean Energy Center, as fellow … more
Chatham County voters easily approved a malt beverage referendum, allowing the “on-premises” sales of malt beverages at places like tap rooms and craft beer breweries with tasting rooms in unincorporated areas, and narrowly passed a local quarter-cent sales tax in Tuesday’s primary election. more
Chatham County voters will have a voice next month on deciding whether or not the county will levy a new quarter-cent sales tax. It’s called the Article 46 local option sales tax, and the Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in October 2019 to put it on the March primary ballot. more
Kyle Shipp Date/place of birth: February 8, 1984; Flint, Michigan Current occupation: Engineer Campaign website/social media: kyleforpittsboro.org Family: Wife, Diana Tarallo Party … more
John Bonitz Date/place of birth: 1967; Greensboro, North Carolina Current occupation: Clean Transportation Specialist Campaign website/social media: facebook.com/Bonitz4Pittsboro Family: … more
Lonnie E. West Date/place of birth: May 26, 1944; Cleveland, Tennessee Current occupation: Real Estate Broker, auctioneer, notary public Campaign website/social media: gowest.com, also on … more
Bridget Perry Date/place of birth: 1967, Brockton, Massachusetts Current occupation: Cashier/buyer at Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro Campaign website/social media: None Family: … more
Heather Johnson Date/place of birth: No answer Current occupation: Owner, Chatham Business Services; Owner, Carolina Women’s Show; Editor-at-Large, Chatham Magazine Campaign … more
Jay Farrell Date/place of birth: December 16, 1956; Pittsboro, North Carolina Current occupation: Retired and co-owner, Virlie’s Grill Campaign website/social media: None Family: … more
Pam Cash-Roper Date/place of birth: November 22, 1953; Chatham County Current occupation: Retired nurse Campaign website/social media: None Family: Husband Keith, deceased; Children … more
The year 2020 is already shaping up to be an intriguing one for North Carolina politics. After all, there are 15 contenders now for what will eventually become two candidates in November for the … more
Chatham County’s referendum asking voters if they approve a quarter-cent increase to the local sales tax rate, on primary ballots now, has brought a myriad of opinions across social media and right-of-ways and lawns from Pittsboro to Bear Creek. more
Mike Dasher Date/place of birth: 1977, Toledo, Ohio Current occupation: Chatham County Commissioner, builder E-mail: info@mikedasher.org Campaign website/social media: … more
Katelin Hancock Date/place of birth: Chatham County Current occupation: Assistant Banquet Manager, J.B. Duke Hotel E-mail: katelinehancock@gmail.com Campaign website/social media: … more
Early voting for the 2020 primary has been steady but “slow” in Chatham County with 1,726 residents casting votes by the beginning of this week. Voters choosing the Democratic Party ballot … more
So far, more than 6,800 Chatham County residents requested an absentee ballot, putting Chatham in the top 10 among N.C. counties for such requests. As absentee ballot requests surge and questions of … more
Social media use as part of a political campaign is nothing new. And candidates for the various municipal offices in Pittsboro and Siler City this year have taken full advantage. All three … more
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