Karen Stegman

Chapel Hill Town Council

Karen will be a voice for the LGBTQ community in Chapel Hill


Karen Stegman is running for reelection to the Chapel Hill Town Council. Stegman, a Chapel Hill native, life-long resident, and UNC graduate has been a vocal advocate for increasing affordable and “missing middle” housing options, leading the Town’s efforts to reimagine community safety, promoting local small businesses, and supporting increased walk and bikeability. A member of the LGBTQ+ community, she has increased the visibility of issues impacting LGBTQ+ residents, including leading the passage of a Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Looking ahead, Stegman hopes to continue leading and making progress on the issues about which she is most passionate: increased investment in affordable housing, addressing the climate emergency, revitalizing Downtown, ensuring that development is responsive to residents’ needs, and creating a more equitable Town. Stegman and her wife, Superior Court Judge Alyson Grine, have two children, ages 15 and 12, who were born in Chapel Hill and attend the same public schools as Karen did growing up.  

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