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October 27, 2019


October 19, 2019

I am very grateful for these endorsements!

Independent Weekly

“Some of these races lack the drama we saw in the Triangle’s largest city, but these towns are grappling with many of the same challenges—housing affordability, economic development, growth, traffic, and so on—and your vote will dictate the direction they take.

We did bone up on the choices facing voters in Carrboro: their survey responses, their endorsements, what our trusted sources tell us, etc. And ultimately, we believe we’ve selected the candidates who best align with our values and who will most effectively move these towns forward.

In this election, voters pick three aldermen from six candidates. Two of these choices are easy: Incumbents Damon Seils and Sammy Slade deserve re-election.Article

Orange-Chatham Group Sierra Club

“The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. Although teams of fossil fuel lobbyists in DC are working hard to undo previous federal progress, meaningful local action can be taken to help avert climate catastrophe. Indeed, there are critical actions that can only be taken by local governments, especially when it comes to land use and transportation policies.

Most local candidates have learned the basics and know the buzzwords, including prioritizing livability, bus rapid transit, and bike-pedestrian projects. In making 2019 candidate endorsements, the Orange-Chatham Group of the NC Sierra Club carefully selected candidates to whom a focus on climate change mitigation is a top priority, including candidates who: (1) truly understand how climate and environmental quality intersect with local land use, transportation, and housing policy, and (2) have reality-based solutions and the skills and determination to get them accomplished.

Sammy Slade started his Alderman service a decade ago, and has been a vocal leader on fighting climate change for the entirety of his time on the board. Sammy’s stated top priority for his next term is :  “…to create a 10 year climate emergency budget plan. The plan will be broken down per annual budget cycle, so that we can do our necessary part locally to meet our climate change mitigation goals.Press Release

NEXT Action Fund

We strongly endorse Slade for the following reasons:

  • Consistent and deep commitment to climate justice and sustainability
  • Liaison to Carrboro’s Climate Task Force that developed the climate action plan/voice for Carrboro having a climate budget
  • Commitment to a local living economy, building resilience for local businesses (sustainability + living wage)
  • Visible supporter of racial equity


Summary of Local Climate Action Events for Climate Strike Week

September 19, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

If you want a dedicated champion of climate justice continuing the work locally please share how you can help with my re-election campaign by clicking the ‘support campaign’ button in the menu above.

Please also consider participating in the upcoming youth led climate strike week events…

Local action on climate change will always be hard, but it will be so much easier with the right partners at the state and federal levels and with the right political atmosphere and movement.  To that end here is a summary I have put together that hopefully is useful in helping everyone plug in, please forward far and wide: 

Thursday, September 19, 5:30 pm

Bernie Sanders to visit UNC Campus

Bell Tower Amphitheater, University of North CarolinaSouth Road and Stadium Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514

While not technically a Climate strike event, Bernie Sanders’ climate plan with its comprehensive scope, timeline and proposed 16 trillion, 10 year-budget to match the plan, is the most climate-emergency-realist plan so far.

Friday, September 20, 2019

9-11am: Carrboro and Chapel Hill Global Climate Strike and Walkout

Join the Town of Carrboro employees and local youth Friday September 20, 2019 for Global Climate Strike and Walkout!

Location: Meet at Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill (179 E Franklin St

More Info :

All three High Schools are accepting excused absences if parents notify the school that the student will be attending an ‘educational event’ 

To keep up to date with high school walk out updates for Friday info is here:


9:30 am: Bike to Raleigh from Chapel Hill Event:

12:30 pm: Triangle Climate Strike:

Location: Halifax Mall• 300 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603


Saturday, September 21, 2019:

10 am – 12 pm: Carrboro Community Climate Emergency Action Plan

Come out to learn, plug in, organize, inspire and be inspired on how to take emergency climate action in Carrboro through implementation of the town’s Community Climate Emergency Action Plan.  

Location: Carrboro Town Hall Lawn 301 West Main Street 

Time: 10am-12pm 

Carrboro Community Action Plan can be found here:

Slade for Alderman 2019

July 19, 2019

Dear Carrboro,

We are in a climate emergency!!

Earlier this week I went to the Orange County Board of Elections to file for re-election!

Since first getting elected there have been many issues that I have supported, and that I will continue to support if I am re-elected. To name a few: local living economy, affordable housing, stormwater utility, race equity, police accountability, food policy, downtown accessibility, and developing our climate plans.

All of these have had more traction then climate mitigation action has ever had … that is until now … it is harder to deny the climate emergency that we find ourselves in. It is past due time to implement our climate plans fast, within the narrowing window of time the scientists are telling us that we have!

We need to be ‘shovel ready’ for when the presidency and senate flip; for when sanity prevails and the necessary resources are made available (analogous to when the economy was transformed during WW II) to stop greenhouse gas emissions in time before we reach the point of no return! … if they don’t flip, it is upon us to do it on our own!

With your backing and support, if I get re-elected I will continue the work that I have begun: In the coming year it is critical for us to create a 10 year climate emergency budget plan. The plan will be broken down per annual budget cycle, so that we can do our necessary part locally to meet our climate change mitigation goals.

For our children, our fellow human beings and all other beings let’s take action now!

Early voting, in 2019, begins on October 16. Election Day is on November 5th.

Please follow this link to support the Slade for Alderman Campaign!

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