Lydia Lavelle

Mayor of Carrboro


Lydia is the only openly LGBTQ mayor in North Carolina


After being elected to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in 2007 and 2011, Lydia Lavelle was elected as Mayor in 2013, and re-elected in 2015. Her current memberships and appointments include the following: Metropolitan Mayors Coalition (Mayor Lavelle also serves on the MMC Executive Committee); Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Group; Orange County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors; Carrboro Appearance Commission (Board Liaison); Carrboro Greenways Commission; Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) Board Alternate and Past Chair and the Chatham/Orange Joint Task Force.

Mayor Lavelle works as an associate 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.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Lydia is the only openly LGBTQ mayor in the state of North Carolina.
  • She will continue being a prominent, high-profile voice for LGBTQ rights across the state.
  • She is the only lesbian elected official in Carrboro.

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