Buansi of Chapel Hill City Council announces campaign for District 56 of North Carolina



Early voting in the Orange County local election is only a few weeks away. But a member of Chapel Hill city council is aiming for a primary election in 2022.

Allen Buansi is planning a campaign for District 56 of the North Carolina House of Representatives. INDY Week magazine first broke the news on Monday, with Buansi later confirming his plans in Chapelboro.

The district seat, currently held by Representative Verla Insko, primarily represents the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area at the State General Assembly. But it is expected to be vacant next year, as Insko announced on September 15 that she did not wish to stand for re-election.

Buansi announced earlier in the year that he would not be representing himself, ending the four-year term of his seat on Chapel Hill City Council. The town’s attorney only served one term and told INDY Week he was stepping down to spend more time with his newborns.

With Insko’s announcement, however, Buansi said he believed he would be able to take care of his family duties while also campaigning for the opening of a state seat in December 2022. .

“This is a real opportunity to take the work we have done at Chapel Hill to the state level,” Buansi told INDY Week. “Work focused on making our state and our community more affordable, more accessible, more inclusive, through the state legislature. “

Buansi is not the first member of the community to announce his intention to run for District 56. Jonah Garson, a lawyer and native of Chapel Hill, resigned as chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party this week last to launch its own campaign for Insko headquarters.

Originally from Chapel Hill, Buansi attended Guy B. Phillips Middle School and East Chapel Hill High School before earning his JD from UNC School of Law. In addition to working for the City of Greensboro, he is also appointed by the Governor to the Statewide Local Government Employee Retirement Board of Directors and to the State Council of the Common Cause of the North Carolina.

Buansi’s seat on Chapel Hill City Council is one of three seats open for election this fall. Learn more about who applied to race in Orange County here.

Photo via INDY Week / Allen Buansi.

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