by Joe Schwartz
The Thorpe-Anderson Breakfast Club, a group of progressive NAACP supporters and members, is backing incumbents in races for Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro mayor and Board of Aldermen and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board. The group's endorsements, always sought after by the candidates, were released today. They are as follows:
Chapel Hill Mayor - Mark Kleinschmidt
Chapel Hill Town Council - Lauren Easthom, Ed Harrison, Jim Merritt and Will Raymond
Carrboro Mayor - Mark Chilton
Carrboro Board of Aldermen - Randee Haven-O'Donnell, Jacquelyn Gist and Sammy Slade
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board - Greg McElveen, Michelle Brownstein and Joe Green
The breakfast club was formed in the 1970s by Hank Anderson, the South's first black parks and recreation director. The late Bill Thorpe, a former councilmen who passed away while in office in 2008, served as the group's leader after Anderson died. The group fights for racial justice and lobbied to town to rename Airport Road as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
This is the first endorsement this season for Raymond. All the other Chapel Hill and Carrboro municipal candidates earned support from the Sierra Club and the Indy. The three school board hopefuls also earned the Indy's support.
Early voting began Thursday. Election day is Nov. 3. Visit our elections page to read candidate questionnaires, get links to campaign pages and learn more about the candidates.