Hamilton files for seat on Orange County Board of Commissioners

Jean Hamilton has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners in District 1. Pictured above is Hamilton with husband Wayne Miller (left), and her mother, Lelia Hamilton (right). Hamilton's mother celebrated her 93rd birthday on December 12.

I, Jean Hamilton, filed December 12, for Orange County Commissioner, District 1.  I am running because I believe commissioners must listen and understand the needs and values of the whole community; work respectfully and collaboratively with other elected officials; use our financial and natural resources efficiently and effectively; and be transparent and accountable.  My priorities include investing in our young people through adequate funding of public schools; supporting vulnerable residents including immigrants, people with disabilities, and older adults; protecting our environment; and developing our economy with good jobs, affordable housing, and reliable, convenient transportation.

I have varied training and experience to work effectively to meet those challenges. After receiving a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, I taught economics at Occidental College, and then conducted public health research at UNC Chapel Hill. I made a career change and earned a Masters in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill.  I then worked as a guardian for adults, as a hospice social worker, as a college student counselor, and now have a counseling private practice. During my years of education and work, I have always been involved in the community. I served on the CHCCS Board, elected from 2005-2009, and appointed from 2010-2011 and in 2019. I served on the board of Women AdvaNCe, and currently serve on the ArtsCenter board. I have been a long-time volunteer for the Democratic Party and I am a member of the NAACP.

As commissioner I will listen, collaborate, ask hard questions, and be a good steward of our resources to meet the present and future needs of Orange County.