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VOLUME 113, ISSUE 105
if MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2005
'ss* More coverage inside and online
THE FINAL TALLIES
Council election sees familiar faces
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Council members-elect Mark Kleinschmidt (center) and Laurin Easthom, the top vote
recipients, talk to former council member Joe Capowski at The Library on Franklin Street.
Mayor-elect Mark Chilton reacts to
confirmation of his landslide victory
at the Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro.
to win Ist term
BY MEGHAN DAVIS
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
In a race that some expected to be
much closer, Mark Chilton won the
mayor’s seat in Carrboro on Tuesday,
leaving opponent Alex Zaffron to
serve out the remainder of his term
on the Board of Aldermen.
“I’m really grateful to the voters of
Carrboro and to those who worked
on my campaign, especially my
mother, who came out and knocked
on doors with me,” Chilton said in a
statement made after Zaffron con
Unofficial results show that
Chilton carried the race with 1,331
votes more than 62 percent of the
votes. Zaffron garnered 770.
Chilton edged out Zaffron in each
of Carrboro’s seven voting precincts,
as well as absentee ballots.
SEE CHILTON, PAGE 4
Guest column delayed
Columnist Judith Wegner's
piece will run in Thursday's DTH
instead of its regularly
scheduled Wednesday slot
because of yesterday's elections.
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About 15 percent of voters in Orange County, 14,012
total, turned out to vote in the municipal elections.
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voter Easthom: 3,774
urnout Kleinschmidt: 3,757
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SOURCE: ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Three win big in Alderman race
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Alderman Jacquelyn Gist glows after receiving unofficial confirmation Tuesday
that she had been re-elected to her fifth term on the Board of Aldermen.
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BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT County
participates in the N.C. Special Olympics
TOUGH TOUR Students are led on a
virtual tour of the Holocaust Muesum
SO, WHAT D'YA THINK? The Orange
Report blogs about the election results
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voter Gist: 1,537
turnout Haven-O'Donnell: 1,273
City | page 7
HAS IT COME YET?
Because of the unforseen
popularity of the fare-free
system, residents complain
that bus routes are becoming
Hillsborough | Stevens, Dancy,
Gering elected to office, page 3
Incumbents retain seats
BY KATHY CHO AND JAKE POTTER
Three familiar faces were returned to the Chapel Hill
Town Council in Tuesday’s election, along with a new
comer who bested them all.
Incumbents Ed Harrison and Mark Kleinschmidt
both succeeded in their bids for re-election. Bill Thorpe
is coming back to the council after an 18-year absence.
Laurin Easthom, in her first time running for elected
office, will join them.
Easthom topped all candidates with 3,774 votes, edg
ing Kleinschmidt at 3,757 votes. Harrison and Thorpe
came in with 3,098 and 3,030 votes, respectively.
Easthom and Thorpe will replace Dorothy Verkerk
and Edith Wiggins’ seats on the council.
Easthom, who led the pack for nearly the whole time
the votes were tallied, said she was ecstatic.
“I’m going to do what I said. I’ll be a voice for all resi
dents of Chapel Hill, be very accessible and reasonable
and listen to all points of view.”
She said she reached out to voters by addressing
a broad spectrum of issues, such as Carolina North,
SEE TOWN COUNCIL, PAGE 4
his seat on
terms in the
■ 35,485 registered voters, about 88 percent, did not vote in
bm chapel Hill election.
12 ,1 60 registered voters, about 86 percent, did not vote in
the Carrboro election.
Red denotes election winners and their votes.
Chilton: 1,331 votes w ° ter t
Zaffron: 770 votes turnout
Gist, Herrera, Haven-O’Donnell win seats
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2005
Tax rejected | Referendum for
county schools tax fails, page 3
BY MEGHAN DAVIS AND JESSICA SCHONBERG
Two incumbents prevailed and one newcomer was wel
comed to the Board of Aldermen in Tbesday’s election.
Jacquelyn Gist, John Herrera and Randee Haven-
O’Donnell unofficially won seats on the board.
Gist, a four-term incumbent, celebrated her victo
ry with a gathering of family and friends at her home
Tuesday night. She garnered 26 percent of the total vote,
or 1,537 votes, according to unofficial results.
She said that despite this being her 16th year as an
alderman, she still was surprised by her re-election.
“I’m a neurotic Catholic social worker,” she said. “I woke
up this morning sure I was going to lose, so I’m delighted.”
Across town, first-time candidate Haven-O’Donnell
celebrated her election with a small gathering hosted by
SEE ALDERMEN, PAGE 4
was elected to
her first term
after service on
the first Costa
Rican to be
elected in the
U.S., was re
elected to the
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RAISING THE PRESSURE
The Tar Heels women's
basketball team routed
Athletes in Action 80-57
Tuesday in the team's second
exhibition match of the year.
Mayor Kevin Foy (left) looks at the
final results with Robert Dowling at
Foy's election night party Tuesday.
Wallops Wolff to
BY JAKE POTTER
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The voters of Chapel Hill have
spoken, and they want a man named
Kevin to guide die town for the next
Kevin Foy, that is.
Voters chose to re-elect Foy to his
mayoral seat in a landslide victory
against newcomer Kevin Wolff on
With all but the provisional ballots
counted, unofficial results put Foy at
4,279 votes and Wolff at 1,173.
“I’ve tried to be clear on what I say
and what I do,” Foy said. “I’m deter
mined to keep doing that.”
This will be Foy’s third term.
The big winner threw a lavish
election night party, attended by
nearly every current council mem
“Kevin is a pivotal figure,” said
council member Dorothy Verkerk,
who will be relinquishing her seat.
“Traditionally, North Carolina hasn’t
had a strong mayoral position. But
the strength of (Kevin’s) personality
SEE FOY, PAGE 4
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