Hillsborough Mayor Will Not Seek Third Term in the Fall

Thursday, April 27, 2023
Image Mayor Jenn Weaver
Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver

Below is a statement from Mayor Jenn Weaver on her decision to not pursue reelection after the end of her second term. 

After much consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election in the fall. After six years as a town commissioner and four as mayor, my time serving in elected office for the Town of Hillsborough will come to a close in December. While this decision wasn’t the easiest one, I know for certain it is the right one for me and my family. Serving the community in this capacity is a tremendous honor and responsibility. In the time remaining in my term, I will be continuing the work already in motion and making every effort to lay the groundwork for a smooth transition to the next phase of town leadership. 

I have had the privilege of working in concert with so many dedicated public servants over the last decade — all the town commissioners and former Mayor Stevens, and, of course, our highly skilled and professional town manager and Town of Hillsborough employees. Together, along with a supportive community, we have accomplished so much over this decade: Opened our town’s crown jewel, Riverwalk; made improvements to downtown and Nash Street that incorporated pedestrian safety and sidewalk dining; persevered through a global pandemic in a way that kept our staff and community safe; partnered with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations to increase the number of affordable housing units in Hillsborough, and, with a grant administered through the county, provided direct assistance to people in danger of losing their housing; passed a robust nondiscrimination ordinance; secured a design firm for the new train station, moving ever closer to construction; and, most recently, drafted a comprehensive sustainability plan designed to foster a more equitable, environmentally sustainable Hillsborough.  

There is so much more I could name, much of it the unseen work that doesn’t produce headlines but is part of the oft-cited “taking care of what we’ve got” ethos that is at the root of what makes Hillsborough a wonderful place to live, work, and play. 

There remains ample work to be done, which is the part that makes this decision difficult. But strong communities are never dependent on any one person to thrive, and I am at peace knowing Hillsborough has so many smart, caring, dedicated people in our government and in our town to carry us forward well into the future.