Mayor Pam Hemminger Announces Re-Election Bid
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.”