Getting an early start

Yesterday I was proud to announce my intention to seek re-election as Mayor of Chapel Hill.  Here is the press release we sent out yesterday afternoon:

February 6, 2013


Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt Announces He Will Run for Re-Election

Earlier today at the Orange County Board of Elections, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt filed the paperwork necessary to create a campaign committee for his 2013 re-election bid.

“Being Mayor of Chapel Hill over the past three years has been the one of most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life.  It is my intention to file for re-election in July in the hope the citizens will allow me to continue to serve and move forward with the hard work we have invested in Chapel Hill together as a community,” said Mayor Kleinschmidt.

Since Mayor Kleinschmidt’s election, the Council has made significant policy advances and garnered numerous awards including the adoption of Chapel Hill 2020 and Design Chapel Hill, the expansion of the Chapel Hill Public Library, named one of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live, received significant grant funding totaling 7.5 million dollars for new hybrid buses and transportation planning, began the process of priority budgeting in order to allow the Council to make more informed choices around town services and tax dollars, maintained our AAA Bond Rating, received a grant from the Mayor’s Innovation Project to create a new form-based zoning tool, created a Community Policing Advisory Committee, received the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Award as “North Carolina’s Traffic Safe Community of the Year for 2012”, is working with the University to implement a ultra-high speed fiber network town wide known as Gig-U, and through a multi-jurisdictional agreement created the innovation lab and business incubator, Launch Chapel Hill, among other milestones.

 “I look forward to participating in the democratic process this upcoming election cycle and continuing to work with the citizens of Chapel Hill to help them realize our shared goals and vision for this community.”

Mayor Kleinschmidt makes this announcement now since state law requires that organizational paper work be filed soon after the campaign receives its first contribution.  The Mayor is proud to have been recently endorsed, along with the current Mayor of Houston and candidates for Mayor in New York, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Harrisburg by the Victory Fund.


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