WHY I'M RUNNING
I am running to complete the job I started just a few short months ago.
In July 2021, when the Orange County Board of Commissioners sought applicants to fill the vacancy created by Mark Dorosin’s departure, I applied to be considered for appointment. As a life-long volunteer and community advocate, I recognized that there were limits to what could be accomplished by volunteer efforts alone. Although I never saw myself as an elected official, I decided to take this unexpected opportunity to lend my community perspective to county government. I was honored and humbled to be appointed unanimously to the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
Since being sworn in Sept. 7, I’ve aggressively sought to understand Orange County government by meeting with the County Manager and each department. I have also learned more about the priorities of the residents by listening to their concerns. I’ve seen how COVID exposed many vulnerabilities in our county and am convinced that the disparities identified will take creative collaboration to overcome.
My initial observations are that my finance, planning and strategic business experience will be an asset as the county plans for the future. My experience working across segments of the community will facilitate expanding the table to engage more people, and I am excited by the challenge. I am just getting started and very much want Chapel Hill and Carrboro to affirm my appointment.
Update Outdated County Strategic & Comprehensive Plan
Adopt First County Climate Action Plan
Promote Balanced Economic Development to Enable Strong Safety Net
Leverage Responsible Environmental Conservation
I relocated to Chapel Hill from Seattle in 2013 after retiring from a 42-year career in a variety of corporate executive roles. From the moment I arrived, I was committed to being an organizing force for equality in the community.
As president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP from 2016-20, I pushed the organization to advocate for education equality, police reform, voter education and a number of other issues affecting marginalized groups locally. Under my leadership, the branch earned several awards including the NC NAACP Branch of the Year in 2017 and 2018 as well as the prestigious national NAACP Thalheimer Award in 2019 for branch programming.
Also in 2019, I was proud to be named NC NAACP Branch President of the Year. Most recently, in recognition of my leadership and service to the community, I was named the 2020 Citizen of the Year by The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro.
With my commitment to local service – including as a member of The Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools, the Black Business Alliance Leadership Council and numerous other committees – and my professional experience in enterprise finance operations, I feel I’m uniquely suited to serve in the role to which I was unanimously appointed in September 2021, representing Orange County District 1.
READ MORE ABOUT ANNA
Anna Richards Chosen To Be New Orange County Commissioner – chapelboro.com
Westminster to confer honorary degree on alumna – New Castle News
Local NAACP president honored by state branch – The Daily Tar Heel
Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP named 2017 North Carolina branch of the year – The Daily Tar Heel