UNC Young Democrats hosted a get-out-to-vote event on Nov. 2 with U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) at the Chapel of the Cross Church's polling site, allowing voters to put a name to a candidate's face.
Price represents North Carolina's 4th congressional district. He and his wife, Lisa, who also attended the event, reside in Chapel Hill and are registered to vote in Orange County. Price was also at North Carolina State University on Thursday night.
He said they decided to vote at the chapel to encourage students to vote and support some of the issues they are concerned about.
"Of course they share the concern that so many feel with a reckless and dangerous president that has taken this country in directions that we never imagined,” Price said.
There are several issues Price said he is emphasizing during his campaign.
“When it comes to the kind of course we need to chart going forward, I would say that funding for higher education is very high on the list, both in North Carolina and in Congress," Price said. "That would be Pell Grants, student loans at a reasonable rate, research support, spin offs to create new companies and new jobs."
Price also spoke about a less well-known issue that he said is important to all voters, but especially younger voters:
“A sleeper issue is net neutrality — the internet generation really cares about the internet, it turns out," Price said. "There is no issue that I’ve gotten more communication about in the last couple of years than net neutrality, and it is overwhelmingly students and millennials who are concerned about that and who are concerned about the Trump administration appointing these commissioners that are basically ready to turn the internet over to these big providers."
So far, Price and his team are fairly happy with voter turnout. Early voting totals in Orange County surpassed 2014 totals by more than 10,000 votes.