With the March 3 primary quickly approaching for North Carolina, the Democratic Party is moving closer to selecting its candidate for the presidential election. Local Democratic officials offered their views on the Democratic presidential candidates and their insight into which issues they think will most profoundly impact voters in the Carrboro and Chapel Hill areas.
While some officials have already endorsed — like Chapel Hill Town Council Member Jessica Anderson for Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams for Joe Biden — N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer D-Caswell, Orange said he has not offered an official endorsement for the upcoming Democratic primary.
"I haven’t even made up my own mind on who I am going to vote for yet," he said.
Meyer said within the coming months he is hoping to discover which candidate will gain the support of voters in North Carolina before making any official endorsement.
“I want to see who has the best chance of winning North Carolina because along with wanting us to have a strong Democratic presidential candidate, I want a candidate that will help us win the North Carolina House and Senate," Meyer said, referencing down-ballot races. "I really want to see who does well here, and I think that could be significantly different from who we have seen do well in Iowa or who we will see do well in New Hampshire.”
He said when considering a candidate, where the candidate lies along the Democratic spectrum is not relevant.
“I actually don’t think it matters whether the Democratic candidate is moderate or a strong liberal," Meyer said. “If you’re a Democrat and a voter, you are going to vote for the Democrat. The question is which candidate would turn out the most of either new voters or infrequent voters.”
Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said she has given her support to fellow mayor Pete Buttigieg.