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About Mayor Lavelle



Mayor Lydia Lavelle has been an elected official in Carrboro since 2007. After being elected to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in 2007 and 2011, she was elected as Mayor in 2013, and re-elected in 2015, 2017, and 2019. Her current memberships and appointments include the following:

Metropolitan Mayors Coalition (Mayor Lavelle also serves on the MMC Executive Committee)

The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Group

Orange County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors 

Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) Board Alternate and Past Chair

Chatham/Orange Joint Task Force

Governor Cooper's Commission on Inclusion

While an alderman, Mayor Lavelle served as the Board liaison to the Carrboro Planning Board and the Recreation Advisory Committee, and served as a member of the Chapel Hill Public Transit Committee (the Transit Partners Committee), the Intergovernmental Parks Workgroup, and the Affordable Housing Task Force. Prior to being elected to the Board of Aldermen, she served on the Carrboro Planning Board and chaired the New Horizons Task Force. Before moving to Carrboro, she served on the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission for ten years, and the Durham Recreation Advisory Committee.

Mayor Lavelle works as a law professor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, where she received her law degree. Courses she has taught include State and Local Governmental Law, Sexual Identity and the Law, and Transgender Rights and Social Justice. Her memberships include the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA) and the National LGBT Bar Association. She is a past president of NCAWA. Her scholarship centers around LGBT rights and local governmental authority, and Mayor Lavelle is a frequent speaker and panelist on issues involving the LGBT community, particularly with regard to legal rights and public policy.

Born in Athens, Ohio, Mayor Lavelle has a bachelor's degree from St. Andrews University and a master's degree in parks and recreation administration from North Carolina State University.

She and her wife Alicia Stemper have two adult children. Mayor Lavelle attends the United Church of Chapel Hill. She enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail; her local hiking spots include Bolin Creek, Blackwood Farm Park and Duke Forest. She also enjoys riding her bike, and squeezing in workouts at O2 Fitness. She loves to read, and belongs to a book club she started in 2002 - still going strong after 150+ books! She has enjoyed participating in a fantasy baseball league for over twenty years, watching various sports (her favorite team is the Wolfpack), and misses the days when she still had time to play bridge.


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