Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, and Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) visited UNC on Sunday, Oct. 16, to rally support for Beasley’s campaign against Republican nominee Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC 13th).
Beasley came to Chapel Hill to discuss her candidacy for U.S. Senate as part of the “For the People: Get Out the Vote Tour." She was joined by Ossoff, a fellow member of the Democratic Party.
UNC students, including senior Greear Webb, attended in support of Beasley.
“I think she represents North Carolina well, she has shown that she can be elected statewide, and so I think it’s really key that we put her in the Senate,” he said.
The event began with speeches from supporters of the Beasley campaign including Rev. Jay Augustine of St. Joseph African Methodist Episcopal Church in Durham, the president and vice president of UNC Young Democrats and Jonah Garson, the chairperson of the Orange County Democratic Party.
Ossoff spoke next and said that every vote counts in this race. Beasley lost her North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice position in 2020 by only 401 votes.
Ossoff invited Beasley to join him on the stage, where she danced for the audience before beginning her speech.
Beasley’s speech focused on the June overturning of Roe v. Wade and women’s right to medical privacy.
“Everywhere I go, folks say to me, 'Cheri, we want you as our next senator and we want to make sure that you fight like hell for our constitutional rights to choose for our bodies and for our families,'” she said.