Kleinschmidt, Storrow victorious in Chapel Hill

Openly gay Chapel Hill mayor wins second term

Openly gay Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will serve a second term.

Two openly gay candidates in Chapel Hill, N.C., saw victorious election returns on Tuesday evening.

Openly gay Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt won his reelection bid with 78 percent of the vote, beating challengers Tim Sookram and Kevin Wolff. Openly gay 22-year-old and recent University of North Carolina grad Lee Storrow won his race for a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council. He garnered 15.78 percent of the vote, coming in third in a four-way race. Storrow is the youngest member to serve on the council in 20 years.

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In nearby Carrboro, incumbent Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle was also victorious. She’ll serve another term on that town’s council, capturing 29.84 percent of the vote.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.