Hongbin Gu leads pack of newly-elected Council members in Chapel Hill

You can take your anti-immigrant bias and stick it where the sun don't shine:

The victory was “beyond our wildest expectations,” said Gu, a quantitative researcher with UNC’s School of Medicine. She faced a number of challenges to become the council’s first Chinese-American member, including social media criticism of her immigrant background. She also discovered, days before the election, that the U.S. Postal Service had closed her P.O. mailbox for two weeks and returned donations to their senders.

“It says something about about the community that we have,” she said of her victory. “I feel tremendously honored and just so happy.” She has multiple priorities going into her first four-year term, Gu said, like continuing the council’s efforts to bring high-tech and startup companies to the town. Work on the town’s affordable housing and transportation plans also will be important, she said.

Not my back yard, not my lobsters on the cook-out grill, but this should serve as a learning experience to navel-gazing racists and cultural throwbacks: It's entirely possible the reason she won the most votes is because of those hurtful comments on your "community" page, not in spite of them. That dog won't hunt in Chapel Hill.



Sorry about that lobster reference

That was lightly marinated in class-based prejudice. But at least I didn't say anything about "Ivory Tower Elitists." Except for that mention, but it doesn't count, because I was bragging about what I hadn't said.

Somebody's at the door, I gotta go...

Hand me your shovel...

That hole is getting deeeeep :)

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I know, right?

My sister once told me, "You are your own worst enemy."

To which I replied, "And I know exactly what that bastard is thinking..."

My friend Allen Buansi also got elected

... which is an excellent outcome. Chapel Hill is a hard town for African Americans to get ahead, and I'm very excited to know that Allen will be bringing his homegrown leadership to the Council. Jane and I worked hard to support his candidacy and I couldn't be more proud of him.

That's wonderful!

We had some surprisingly good results in Monroe and Waxhaw too!

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Glad to see Karen Stegman

I was happy to see Karen Stegman win. Even though I'm no longer in Chapel Hill, I had friends who were pulling for her.

It does seem like that CHALTgroup did really well in Chapel Hill in these elections. Which, at least at their onset, struck me as the group telling people elect us and we promise not to build up, build out, and somehow that will lower housing prices and be more affordable especially for those most in need.

But I wonder if this group isn't changing into just another indy endorsement, breakfast club endorsement, sierra club endorsement, kind of thing that everyone goes for to the point that maybe it's not what it used to be any more. Or maybe I'm misreading the situation at such a distance.

Elsewhere in election news I was happy to see this:


Danica Roem made history today by winning a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, making her the first openly transgender person to be elected to the legislature, and one of the first out trans people to be elected to any legislature in the U.S.

Roem, a Democrat, bested incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, arguably the most anti-LGBT member of the legislature. She is a former journalist from Manassas, in northern Virginia, and she won in District 13, where the infamously anti-LGBT Marshall has held the seat for 13 terms.


Andrea Jenkins has won election to the Minneapolis City Council, making her the first trans person elected to a major city’s governing body and one of the first out trans people of color elected to any office in the United States.


An all LGBT council in Palm Springs takes charge

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Seven LGBTQ candidates won municipal races in North Carolina, which blew my mind even more than Danica's stunning victory over her bigoted incumbent opponent.

Democrats were big winners Tuesday, but I think equality was an even bigger winner.