Published: Nov 07, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Nov 06, 2012 10:57 PM
CHAPEL HILL - Three newcomers and one incumbent were elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
In the District 2 race, Democrat Renee Price garnered 71.1 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Chris Weaver, who had 28.9 percent. Incumbent Democrat Bernadette Pelissier won 70.6 percent of the at-large race, defeating Republican challenger Mary Carter, who had 29.4 percent.
District 1 candidates Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich effectively won their seats in the May primary and went uncontested in the general election.
Price and Pelissier watched the election returns Tuesday night with other Orange County Democrats at the R&R Grill in Chapel Hill.
While she didn’t want “to count her chickens before they hatched,” Price said she was “absolutely excited” to win her race. She wished her supporters “a great big thank you.”
“We’re in this together, and I look forward to working together to build the community here,” Price said.
Her first order of business will be establishing community centers in northern Orange and the Rogers Road neighborhood, as well as the Southern Branch Library in Carrboro, she said. Her focus also will be on improving local schools and the economy, making transit work for all residents, and promoting environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and alternative energy sources, she said.
Both she and Pelissier ran on a platform of economic growth for long-term vitality. Pelissier said the commissioners will consider a water and sewer contract Thursday for the Buckhorn Economic Development District. They also are dedicated to seeing that the Rogers Road community gets sewer service, she said.
“I just want to get back to work and concentrate on what we have to do,” Pelissier said.