November 6, 2019
by Josh Mayo
November 6, 2019
County Commissioner Penny Rich is pleased to announce that she will be filing
on December 2, 2019 with the North Carolina Board of Elections seeking a third
term representing southeast Orange County (District 1) on the Orange County
Board of Commissioners.
am proud of the work I’ve been able to accomplish as the chair of the Board of
Commissioners, and I want to continue moving the county forward as we
address the pressing problem of climate change, continue to create good paying
jobs by introducing opportunities for economic growth, and keep pushing towards
a more equitable county for all,” Rich said.
has served on the Orange Board of County Commissioners since 2012 and remains
committed to being a strong voice for the environment and transportation,
economic development and job creation, affordable housing, social justice and
our schools. In 2019 Commissioner Rich was nominated and appointed to serve as
the Chair of the Board and has lead the board through negotiations securing
over 100 million dollars of economic development investment in Orange County
along with a commitment to add 650 living wage jobs over the next 5 years,
growing to 1100 jobs over 10 years. She currently serves as the Finance
Chair of the Orange County Visitors Bureau, and Vice Chair of the Solid Waste
Advisory Group (SWAG).
also serves on the:
- Durham Chapel Hill Orange Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHO-MPO)
- The Triangle Council of Governments (TCOG)
- The Chatham-Orange Workgroup
- Go Triangle Special Tax Board
- The Orange County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
- The Schools Joint Action Committee
- The Upper Neuse River Basin Association
also leads the Quarterly NC DOT/Orange County meetings and School Collaboration
Meetings. She co-chaired the Rogers Road Task Force and was proud to cut the
ribbon on the long awaited sewer project, now in place. Rich has had the
pleasure of being a Kenan Scholar Mentor since 2018 and enjoys helping the next
generation of leaders reach their goals.
Rich continues to work with our delegation to the North Carolina General
Assembly to help expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. As
North Carolina continues to work against the interest of our residents, she
will keep up the fight with our allies in Raleigh to implement progressive
policies and to help usher in a blue wave.
the next four years, Rich plans to focus on the climate crisis, social justice,
and economic development.
- Climate: Commissioner Rich will work on local and regional efforts
to address the climate crisis, including the expansion of Orange Public Transit
and a transition to solar powered buses. She will invest climate tax money into
energy efficiency measures for lower income housing and the installation of
solar panels on all government buildings. She will work with developers to
encourage residential solar on new developments.
- Social Justice: Commissioner Rich will continue to push an
anti-racist message and to voice opposition to hate groups operating and
organizing in Orange County. She will work to explore affordable housing
options utilizing county owned land, and will continue to push for a living
- Economic Development: Commissioner Rich will continue to recruit
companies to Orange County to grow the commercial tax base, shifting the tax
burden away from homeowners and providing more funding for our schools. She
will work to retain small businesses, and will partner with municipalities and
UNC to create space for startups to stay in Orange County.
Commissioner Rich lived in Chapel Hill
from 1998-2018 and has lived in Carrboro since 2018. She owns a personal chef
and catering company. She was raised and educated in the New York City
area where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute and a Master
of Arts in Communication Technology at New York University.
Commissioner Rich will be posting
updates and events on her political Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pennyrichnc . Please
“Like” the page for up to date information. You can also follow Penny on
Twitter @pennyrich or Instagram @penny2rich, or visit her web site at