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BPR Candidate Forum For Democratic Primary For North Carolina 11th Congressional District



On February 6th, Blue Ridge Public Radio held a forum with four candidates running for the Democratic nomination for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Western North Carolina.  The forum includes Moe Davis, Gina Collias, Michael O'Shea, and Phillip Price.  Steve Woodsmall is also running for the Democratic nomination, but was unable to attend the forum.  Those who have not registered to vote yet will only be able to do so during the early voting period.   The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is February 25th, and primary day is Tuesday March 3rd.  Photo ID is not required to vote in the primary election.  




1:21 - Opening Statements

9:19 - What is the biggest issue facing North Carolina's 11th Congressional District?

15:04 - The U.S. has seen an extended economic boom over the last decade, but the federal deficit has risen to record levels at the same time.  Why do you think that is and what would you do about as a member of Congress?

21:00 - The 11th congressional district is home to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Asheville.  It reported that 2019 was the hottest year on record in North Carolina.  What measures do you support on the federal level to address the effects of climate change?

26:48 - Western North Carolina has been hit hard in particular by the opioid crisis?  As a legislator, what will you do about it, and about access to healthcare in general?

32:18 - Do you support any changes around gun laws and what would they be?

37:56 - What do you think the biggest infrastructure need is in the 11th congressional district?

43:56 - What changes if any do support in federal immigration policy?

49:38 - Closing statements

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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