Local Politics

Chapel Hill mayor won't seek another term

Posted May 29, 2009

— Mayor Kevin Foy said Friday that he won't run for re-election this fall, saying the town needs new blood in charge.

Foy has served as mayor since 2001 and was on the Town Council for four years before that.

"Being mayor of Chapel Hill is the best job in North Carolina because you get to meet and talk with so many people from around the state, you get to work with an exceptionally qualified professional staff and you see so much interest in issues from people in the community," he said in a statement. "Besides all that, you always have something amazing to celebrate, like ... a national championship at UNC, a national idol – Anoop Desai – and high school students who analyze and challenge the town’s commitment to environmental protection."

Foy said he had three priorities when he first ran for mayor: protecting the environment, nurturing the community's commitment to education and valuing diversity in the town. He said progress has been made in all three areas.

"It is time for another person to lead in Chapel Hill," he said in the statement. "I look forward to our future, and I am confident that Chapel Hill will continue to be a great place to live, work and go to school."


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  • jgriffith3792 May 29, 2009

    Good. Good riddance. Now if we can just rid of a few more of the moonbats and focus more on the community instead of how "enlightened" we are, Chapel Hill would be a much better place.

  • penny for your thoughts May 29, 2009

    Especially at UNC, but in Chapel Hill in general, diversity means they'll let any liberal say whatever they want. Won't give you the time of day if you're the slightest bit conservative.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 29, 2009

    LOL. Diversity only when it fits the agenda. This is one of those "read between the lines" quotes.

  • CalvinCat May 29, 2009

    He is for diversity, but tell that to guest speakers at UNC who do not speak from the liberal manifesto.