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Orange County NC Local Unopposed, 2022 State Ballot Winners

Orange County voters cast ballots for several local, state, and federal races in the general election.

Orange County voters cast ballots for several local, state, and federal races in the general election.

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Voters in Orange County elected a number of state and federal candidates on Tuesday, but most local offices were filled in the May 17 primary.

The heavily Democratic county rarely fields candidates from other parties for local office. For years, elected officials and voters have mooted the possibility of changing the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ district electoral system.

District 1 has three seats representing Chapel Hill and Carrboro, while District 2 has two seats representing the rest of the county. Voters who live in each district vote in their district’s primary, but voters from across the county take the seat in November.

There are also two seats on the board, held by voters from across the county.

Orange County’s unopposed candidates re-elected on Tuesday were:

Sheriff Charles Blackwood

Register of Deeds Mark Chilton

Superior Court Judge Alyson Grine

Superior Court Justice Allen Baddour

District Court Judge C. Todd Roper

Orange County Commissioners Sally Greene (at large), Jamezetta Bedford (District 1) and Earl McKee (District 2)

Orange County Clerk of the Superior Court Mark Kleinschmidt

Orange W. Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Chris Hogan

The unopposed candidates who won their first terms were:

Orange-Chatham District Attorney – Jeff Nieman, current Assistant District Attorney

Orange County Commissioner Anna Richards, who was appointed to her District 1 seat last year

Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor – Richal Vanhook

Allen Buansi, NC House District 56 representative, who previously served on the Chapel Hill City Council

Orange County voters also elected four new members to the Orange County School Board in May: incumbents Sarah Smylie and Will Atherton, and newcomers Anne Purcell and Andre Richmond.

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Tammy Grubb has been writing about Orange County politics, people, and government since 2010. She is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill and has lived and worked in the Triangle for more than 25 years.