by Mickayla McCann
Mike Dasher is seeking re-election to the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, facing off against his Republican opponent, Jimmy Pharr.
Dasher has lived in Chatham for the past 16 years. Originally from Ohio, Dasher moved to North Carolina at the age of 12. He attended Barton College, graduating with degrees in political science and finance. After college, Dasher joined AmeriCorps and managed construction for affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity. Dasher went on to work for several affordable housing development organizations and now owns and operates Orange Communities LLC, a property development company dedicated to building sustainable spaces and homes. He currently lives in Pittsboro with his wife and two children.
Dasher was first elected to the Chatham Board of Commissioners in 2016 and served as chair of the board in 2019. He represents District 2, the southeastern and most populous district of Chatham. During his tenure, Dasher supported removing the Confederate monument on display in front of the Chatham County Historic Courthouse. He also helped to pass a one-quarter cent sales tax increase, which generates necessary revenue for the county’s affordable housing, parks, and schools.
Dasher stated that he is running for re-election in order to continue making progress for Chatham. If re-elected, he plans to maintain his original agenda—prioritizing schools and affordable housing. Dasher understands that Chatham will face many challenges as it grows, and he aims to expand on the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan by developing a Unified Development Ordinance, which will designate rules regarding how to expand the county sustainably and ethically while preserving its rural character. Dasher also intends to fight for expanded broadband internet access across Chatham.
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