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Chatham Unit

Chatham Unit Members On the Move

October Candidates Forum and Reception

1. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Pittsboro Candidates Forum

The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties is sponsoring a forum for the public to hear from the candidates for Pittsboro Mayor and Town Commissioners.

The forum will be held on Tuesday October 17, 2017, in the Holmes Meeting Room at the Chatham Community Library, located at 197 Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro, from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Each candidate has been invited to present opening remarks, followed by a question and answer period, and then closing remarks. Members of the League of Women Voters will be available to register voters and provide information about voting rights. The forum is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and free parking is available.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Forum Help is needed with advanced question preparation, setup and cleanup, greeting attendees, registering voters, various tasks during the forum and providing refreshments.

Please sign up to help with one or more tasks.

2. Thursday, October 5, Siler City Candidates Reception

The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters is holding a reception for the public to meet the candidates running for the Siler City Mayor and Board of Commissioners in the November 7 election.

The reception will be from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Central Carolina Community, in rooms Rooms 230-2322, 400 Progress Boulevard, Siler City, NC 27344-303

Each candidate may take 5-10 minutes to give his or her priorities and reasons for seeking the office. The League will provide refreshments, and the event is free with ample parking.

Contact Brenda Rogers at or 919-968- 0833 for further information about the forum.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Reception: Help is needed with setting up the room, greeting attendees, registering voters, providing refreshments and cleaning up. To see specific tasks needed and volunteer to help, click here

September 16, 2017 Chatham Unit Kick-Off Meeting

Join us for the Chatham Unit Fall Kick-Off on Saturday, September 16 from 11 am - 1:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Representative Robert Reives, who will update Chatham Unit members on redistricting legislation, any anticipated changes to voting laws or courts (slimming/packing), and other serious issues in the NC General Assembly that should be in the public domain. The business meeting agenda will also include the following items:
- Candidate Forum staffing needs
- Organizing the Chatham County Observer Corps

Chatham Community Library
197 NC Hwy 87 N
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Meeting in Holmes Room

Notes and Action Items from last meeting.

Contact Pat Daniels ( for more information.

We could use some help with setting up the room, providing refreshments, and cleaning up. To see specific tasks needed and volunteer to help, click here:

(you may sign up for more than 1 task)
- 3 to set up tables and chairs at 10:30
- 3 to bring finger food
- 2 to bring fruit
- 2 to bring water (we'll have cups)
- 1 to bring lemonade
- 3 to clean up

Chatham's Citizens' College

Sign up for Chatham's Citizens' College Coming This Fall!

Do you want to know more about the Chatham County community you live or work in? How does its local government work in providing important services and programs? Would you like to earn continuing education credits in the process?

Anyone interested in learning more about county and town government is invited to enroll in Chatham County Citizens' College, offered through Central Carolina Community College's Continuing Education Program in Pittsboro. The course is jointly offered by CCCC-Pittsboro and the Chatham County Manager's Office at a very low cost of $25.

Citizens' College begins on Sept. 21, 2017 and will be offered every Thursday night until Nov. 2, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:45 pm. Locations will vary across the county but will include the Justice Center, North Chatham Fire Station, and Jordan Lake Water Treatment Plant.

The main goals are to help participants better understand how major county and town services operate and who manages them; explore options for serving as volunteers to help local governments; get to know key managers and department heads; and interact with other interested residents of all ages and backgrounds.

Topics covered will include county/town administration, elections, water utilities, waste cooperative extension, emergency operations, fire services, law enforcement, planning, court system and education.

TO REGISTER: Interested people may register for the class by contacting CCCC's Continuing Education Office at 919-545-8044. This is the only place to register.

If anyone is interested in the program and would like assistance covering the $25 fee, contact Debra Henzey in the County Manager's Office at 919-542-8258.

Board of Elections Observer Report

Attached is Leona Whichard's report on the June 20, 2017 Board of Elections meeting.

We will be formalizing our Observer Corps this summer and fall, and welcome all who want to volunteer to attend Board of Elections, County Commissioners, and Board of Education meetings on behalf of the League. We will be putting together sign-up sheets for all of these Chatham County meetings, to spread out the tasks and avoid overburdening anyone.

Chatham Voices for Justice

Chatham Voices for Justice (CVJ) is a grassroots, progressive organization of volunteers in Chatham County, North Carolina that works to promote equal rights and equal participation in our democracy for all county residents.