JULY 4TH, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NoMerger.org, an issue group that informally coalesced around the County
Commissioner initiated school merger proposal, officially became a political
action committee in late May.
NoMerger.org is pleased to announce its intended filing of its 2nd
quarter report with the Orange County Board of Elections. After only one month
as a PAC on June 30th, NoMerger.org has received contributions
totaling $2,898 from 53 different contributors and includes 220 official
members. The average contribution was $54. The group seeks an additional $900
to fund remaining advertising plans.
"We would like to thank the many contributors for their kind support, and
realize for many this is their first time contributing to any political cause.
There is still much more to do and we hope people will be as generous going
forward. The true grassroots nature of this organization is reflected by
the fact that our contribution limit is less than half that of the current
incumbents.", said one steering committee member.
NoMerger.org endorsed County Commissioner candidates Valerie Foushee and Pam
"We have to make the most of every contribution we get. We, and the candidates
we endorse, don't have the war chest the incumbents do. But we do our best to
get the message out, and make up for what we lack as a political machine with
effort and creativity", Mark Peters, NoMerger.org steering committee member.
To a great degree, NoMerger.org formed because the incumbents were poorly
handling the merger proposal. "The commissioners held 10 hours of public
hearings and then had no substantive conversation on merger. Commissioner
discussions on merger are either not occurring or are occurring out of the
public view. The topic was immediately buried in studies intended to hide it
from this primary election", Peters said.
NoMerger.org was started to hopefully spread the word about how important the
July 20th vote is. We believe the incumbents are lulling the public
to sleep until after their re-election at which time we are certain school
merger will re-emerge as divisive as ever.
NoMerger.org plans a get out and vote rally near the Morehead Planetarium
Tuesday to kick off early voting and let parents know that this familiar
landmark is also the site of Early voting for everyone. Early voting for all
registered voters is taking place daily at the planetarium and Carrboro Town
hall from July 6th-July16th (9AM-4PM) with one Saturday the 17th
for voting 9AM-1PM.
It's very important that people know everyone can vote early at the Planetarium
on Franklin street from 9AM-4PM this and all next week. Unfortunately, the
only Saturday voting (July 17, (9AM-1PM)) is also at the same time as the town
wide swim meet championships, so working parents need to plan ahead and take
advantage of this early voting periods