There are a lot of reasons people miss former Chapel Hill Town Council member and greenways champion Joe Herzenberg around election time.
For poll organizers and precinct captains, a big reason is that he could always be counted on to lend a hand. For journalists, he was a kind of institutional memory of local elections. Joe could have quickly answered one of the big trivia questions floating around about the four-way race for Chapel Hill mayor. So weâ€™ll put this one to our readers: When was the last time four people ran for mayor of Chapel Hill?
Just over the line
Carrboro, with a three-way race for mayor, almost matched Chapel Hill in number of mayoral candidates. Almost.
Marilyn Kille, who has been in a long legal battle with the town over an apartment on her property on Old Fayetteville Road, tried to file for the mayorâ€™s race, but was not permitted to do so since her home was on the unincorporated side of the street.
Several cycles back, University Lake warden Bob Glosson had a somewhat similar problem. He was allowed to file, but a subsequent review of the town limits showed that the lake wardenâ€™s house, where he resided, was not in town.
Many observers expected to see longtime Chapel Hill Town Council member Bill Strom make a run for mayor someday. With the decision by Kevin Foy not to seek another term, this seemed like a probable year for that.
His decision not to seek the office, coupled with a recent move, has led to more than a little speculation about his current plans. Several attempts to contact Strom, who is doing some traveling, have not been fruitful.