Penny Rich for County Commissioner

Press Release: Penny Rich Seeks Re-Election


Contact: Penny Rich

(919) 428-5952

November 17, 2015

Orange County Commissioner Penny Rich is pleased to announce that she will be filing for candidacy on December 1, 2015 with the North Carolina Board of Elections, seeking a second term representing southeast Orange County (District 1) on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners.

Penny Rich has served on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners since 2012 and remains committed to being a strong voice for affordable and workforce housing, smart economic growth, the environment, social justice, and our schools.  During her first term, Commissioner Rich served as the Finance Chair on the Orange County Visitors Bureau, Co-Chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Group (SWAG), Chair of the Intergovernmental Parks Workgroup, Rotating Chair of the Orange, Durham, Chapel Hill Workgroup, Chair of the Communications Task Force/Strategic Plan, and on the Nominating Committee for the Triangle Council of Governments. Penny also Co-Chaired the Rogers Road Task Force, which successfully completed a final report that resulted in a positive step towards the installation of sewer in the Historic District, to be in place by 2017.

Penny has worked to voice Orange County’s concerns to our delegation in Raleigh and to the McCrory Administration, drafting a resolution urging the general assembly and Governor McCrory to reconsider the decision not to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a resolution in opposition to offshore exploration, drilling and seismic blast activities, a letter to the Board of Elections in support of Sunday voting, a petition requesting that United Health Care (the county’s insurer) cease supporting divisive policies of ALEC, and a resolution declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  She spearheaded an effort to allow for the public viewing of all BOCC email activity, urged Orange County’s involvement with the Living Wage Project, and worked toward an expansion of summer jobs for high risk teens and the creation of an intern program at the Board of County Commissioners.

If re-elected, Commissioner Rich would like to prioritize her work with the SWAG, working with the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and the University of North Carolina to create a comprehensive Inter-local Agreement. Now that a county wide recycling program is in place, this needs attention. Rich feels that we can do a better job controlling our waste stream, and understands that when we bring our waste to a transfer station in another county we lose control of the outcome.

Penny Rich has lived in Chapel Hill since 1998.  She owns her own personal chef and catering company and has recently joined the Terra Vita Food and Wine Festival, Orange County’s premier food event, as Community Relations/Engagement Manager. She was raised and educated in New York City where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art 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 . Please “Like” this page for up to date information. You can also follow Penny on Twitter @pennyrich or Instagram @penny2rich, or visit her web site at

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