About

LAURIN DE BECK EASTHOM

I moved to Chapel Hill in 2002 from Durham County where I lived for 8 years. I have two beautiful daughters ages 14 and almost 16, attending Chapel Hill High School. I am married to James who is an attorney and partner with Kennon Craver Belo Craig and McKee in Durham.

My mom is a former attorney and currently a professor of North Carolina History at UNCG. My father is a retired physician who also served in the naval reserve and served in the Gulf War. My sister and brother are both physicians, my sister lives here in Chapel Hill and my brother lives in Jacksonville, NC.

My relatives in politics include former US House of Representative Lunsford Richardson Preyer. My grandfather was Mayor of Greensboro until he served in WWII as commander of a ship. My uncle served for many years as a city commissioner in Mt. Airy, NC (aka mayberry).

I have an 18 year old cat and two rescue dogs.

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, Master of Education from University of South Carolina, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from UNC.
For many years prior to UNC I was a vocational case manager who worked directly with large companies in rural areas helping to create new jobs out of old jobs for employees who were injured.
After UNC School of Dentistry I practiced in a wide range of clinical and administrative areas, including locally at Piedmont Health Services in Carrboro and up in Prospect Hill, NC. I am currently adjunct faculty at UNC.

I have served on the Chapel Hill Transportation Board 2003-2005 and have served 8 years on the Town Council, with my term ending this November. While on the council I worked very hard to see the reality of a municipal fiber broadband backbone (internet capability) that brings wireless internet to economically challenged neighborhoods that are historically lacking in the ability to pay for expensive internet service through Time Warner or others.

I also worked tirelessly along with UNC to realize Carolina North’s Development Agreement, which allows for the University to grow in harmony with this great town. I was happy to be a part of the beginning of the Town’s new comprehensive plan, Chapel Hill 2020.

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