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Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle has filed to run for a third term as mayor of Carrboro in November.  Lavelle was first elected to the seat in 2013 after serving for six years on the Board of Aldermen:

“It is a privilege to serve as the mayor of Carrboro, the town I consider the most progressive in North Carolina. I am fortunate to be able to work with elected colleagues – not only on our board but on our neighboring jurisdictions – and residents of our community who share my progressive values.”

Under Lavelle’s second term, the town has continued to grow. “Last year, we approved the South Green project, a thoughtful, commercial development that will greatly improve the aesthetics of one of the entrances to our town, and will also add to our tax base,” Lavelle said. “Another exciting project is our soon to be built southwest library. This is something our residents have been actively pursuing for years.” Also during the last two years, the Board approved a second hotel, which should begin construction in 2018. “We are also working to expand commercial opportunities on Highway 54, and are looking at an affordable commercial concept on Old 86 for our businesses that need more space, but want to stay in Carrboro.” 

Lavelle has also worked to increase sales revenue for businesses. She recently returned to a position on the Orange County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, where she helps strategize ways to bring events and travelers to Carrboro. One example is the North American Travel Journalists Association, which held its 2017 annual meeting in Orange County despite initial hesitation over HB2. Mayor Lavelle met personally with the NATJA executive director to urge the group to hold its annual meeting in Orange County, which included sessions in Carrboro.

As mayor, Lavelle has represented Carrboro and its interests on a regional and statewide level. Lavelle was recently elected as a member of the executive committee of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a statewide group comprised of mayors from North Carolina’s largest towns and cities that works on legislative issues. Mayor Lavelle has also been an advocate for vulnerable groups affected by actions of the N.C. General Assembly and more recently by the new presidential administration. She immediately pushed back against HB2 by holding a special board meeting to denounce the bill within days of its passing; Carrboro was the first municipality in the state to oppose HB2. She has also spoken at press conferences and forums in support of Carrboro’s immigrant and refugee residents.

Transportation issues continue to be a focus for Lavelle, a past chair and current alternate to the regional transportation planning organization of elected officials from the Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). She strongly supports increased access to transit, light rail, and continuing to make the sidewalks and streets of Carrboro accessible and safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Lavelle has established a reputation as a visible leader, attending community events with regularity, and meeting often with business owners and non-profit directors in Carrboro. She meets frequently with students of all ages, from elementary school to college, answering their questions and challenging them to get involved in local government. 

An associate professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, Lavelle has lived in the triangle area for thirty-four years. She and wife Alicia Stemper live in the Fox Meadow neighborhood, and have two young adult children. 

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