Gay man set for Carrboro election

Will become Orange Co.'s 4th gay official, state's 9th

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: March 5, 2013 in News

Damon Seils. Credit: damonseils.org.

CARRBORO, N.C. — An openly gay man is expected to easily win an uncontested special election for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen next month.

Damon Seils was the lone candidate to file in the special election being held on March 19 to replace former Alderman Dan Coleman, who stepped down in December.

When elected, Seils will become the fourth openly gay or lesbian person elected to office in Orange County. Currently, other openly gay officials in the county include Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill Town Councilmember Lee Storrow and Carrboro Board of Aldermen member Lydia Lavelle.

North Carolina currently has eight openly gay or lesbian elected officials statewide, including N.C. House Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford).

Early voting for the March 19 special election began on Feb. 28. The election is costing the town $10,000. Voters can choose between Seils or a write-in candidate of their choice.

Seils has lived in Carrboro for 15 years. He grew up in Austin, Texas, and went to college and graduate school in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as the first vice-chair of the Carrboro Planning Board and has been active in a variety of LGBT initiatives, including the Duke LGBT Task Force. He previously served on the Orange County Human Relations Commission.

For more information on Seils, visit damonseils.org.