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  • Writer's pictureSarika Bansal

We are heading to a run-off. The second-place candidate requested a run-off election to be conducted on Tuesday, November 7th. Our campaign captured 2,256 votes (49% of the votes) on Oct. 10th compared to the second-place finisher who garnered 1,294 votes - a 962 difference. But our campaign was just a few votes short of the 50 percent plus one vote threshold required by state law. So, we will have to go back to the polls on Tuesday, November 7th. We will work even harder in this election to turn out our vote. I was overwhelmed with all the calls and positive comments so let's go and make this vote FINAL. Our Town Council needs diversity. We need a strong and stable voice for West Cary. Let's get it on!. EARLY VOTING INFORMATION FOR CARY TOWN COUNCIL DISTRICT D Run-Off

There will be eight days of early voting for the upcoming Cary District D Run-Off Election for Cary Town Council. Early Voting will begin on Saturday, October 28th and run through Saturday, November 4th. Run-Off Election Day will be Tuesday, November 7. Polls open at 6:30 am and close at 7:30 pm.

Here are the early voting locations:

Wake County - Cary Voters: Herbert Young Community Center 101 Wilkinson Avenue, Cary John M. Brown Community Center 53 Hunter Street, Apex Chatham County - Cary Voters Chatham County Board of Elections 984 Thompson Street, Suite D Pittsboro, NC 27312 919-545-8500

Voting Schedules:

Saturday, Oct. 28 / 8am - 3pm Sunday, Oct 29 / 1pm - 6pm Monday, Oct 30 / 11am - 6pm Tuesday, Oct 31 / 11am - 6pm Wednesday, Nov 1 / 11am - 6pm Thursday, Nov 2 / 11am - 6pm Friday, Nov 3 / 11am - 6pm Saturday, Nov 4 / 8am - 3pm

Run-Off Election Day will be Tuesday, November 7. Polls open at 6:30 am and close at 7:30 pm. I humbly ask for your support and your vote. Let's make sure our voices are heard. Please take five minutes and turn-out to vote.


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Polls will be open on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m



White Oak Missionary Baptist Church

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  • Writer's pictureSarika Bansal

Who is Sarika Bansal?

I am a mom, wife, successful business owner and cybersecurity executive and I enjoy all the roles that I play in my life but there is so much more to this story. Life has not been a bed of roses … I didn’t wake up with glass slippers and a fancy shiny dress every day.

I moved to the USA as a young adult in 1999 for my undergraduate studies. Life in a new country, new language and new people was not easy. I had barely any connection with friends and family back home as phone and internet was not a thing back then. I did not have a car or transportation to go to college or grocery shopping and had to walk miles to save money. From living in shared apartments to sharing groceries – I have done it all.

Fast forward, I met my husband in college and married after we both graduated. I am glad that I married my best friend. I believed in fairy tales … but there was a twist! We started our lives with $300. There are many stories and struggles where we didn’t have money to move across the states, buy groceries or afford necessities but we tried to make most of everything. Regardless, we were happy – together.

We had our daughter in 2008 and life seemed to be perfect, but we were impacted by a life changing event. Something that we find hard to discuss openly even today.

We moved to Cary in 2015. It was a new town. New people. Everything was new for us. felt like that we were back to the drawing board. We slowly built our lives in Cary. We started our Business and got involved with the Community. It was amazing to see the number of lives we could touch through our philanthropic means. We got our professional and personal success here, in Cary.

So, life was not perfect, or success was not given to us on a platter as some gossip mongers are spreading. We worked hard to build the lives that we have today and take pride in our hard work and sacrifices we made to be where we are today, our goal is to help others along the way and share our lessons to support and promote success for those around us.

In November 2022, I was presented with an opportunity to serve the community and I gladly accepted it knowing that this is a volunteer position and will likely impact the job that I worked for ALL my life. I had another challenge to run as an independent or on party lines. As I evaluated my options and next steps, running as an independent candidate made most sense to me. I strongly believe that we can learn something good from both sides. Being independent meant, I will be running without any support of any party or elected officials. Being independent also meant that I must work twice as hard than other party backed or supported candidates in my race. Being independent means that I can be an independent thinker on the Council and prioritize the needs of the people. I am not beholden to any party.

There have been personal sacrifices during this journey where I quit my high paying job to serve my community – Cary. This was my dream job and career, but I see that serving people of this beautiful town that I call home is my true calling and I am excited to be the change that Cary needs. I am excited for the kids that are taking inspiration from my campaign and will run for a bigger office someday.

This is my story from being an immigrant to who I am today. The only “silver” in this story is the “lining” where we built so many great relations during these years that are true investments into our future.

Hard work, discipline and honesty are my assets. I knocked on 2000 doors in Western Cary to understand the grass root issues and things that we can do differently as leaders. Economic development, quality of life and balanced growth will be my guiding factors while making decisions. I will always put people first. I am committed to setting a bar for leadership in West Cary that will be unmatched for years to come.

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