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Dec 3, 2013

Lydia Lavelle Sworn In As North Carolina's First Openly-Lesbian Mayor

Carrboro, N.C. - Lydia Lavelle was sworn-in as Carrboro’s new mayor Tuesday evening, making history as North Carolina’s first openly-lesbian mayor.

Lydia Lavelle is sworn in as the new mayor of Carrboro - and the first openly-gay lesbian mayor in North Carolina. Pictured with her partner, Alicia Stemper. (Photo: Lee Storrow)

“When I announced this spring that I would be running for Mayor this fall, I said that I would, quote, ‘… promote the values and ideals that have helped Carrboro become one of the most progressive and forward thinking communities in North Carolina,’” said Lavelle, who has served on the Board of Alderman since 2007 .

“I am excited about helping to carry on this rich tradition that is Carrboro. I look forward to more work in our laboratory. Thank you.”

Lavelle - who ran unopposed for mayor, replacing the now retired Mayor Mark Chilton - joined Equality NC's inaugural N.C. Electeds for Equality in November 2013.

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