• Mitchell County resident Bruce Koran asks candidates Dr. Scott Donaldson, left, and Phillip Price, right, a question about the Affordable Care Act at a forum in Bakersville hosted by the Mitchell County Democratic Party.

Democratic candidates for Congress attend forum

BAKERSVILLE – Two men with the intent to unseat North Carolina’s 11th District Congressman spoke at the Nov. 28 meeting of the Mitchell County Democratic Party.

Hendersonville-based urologist Dr. Scott Donaldson and Nebo-based businessman Phillip Price are vying for the Democratic Primary election this coming May and face incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11, in the November general election.

A town hall-type forum took place at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville where Price and Donaldson expounded about their platforms and their about hot-button issues such as health care.

“I truly believe health care is a right and not a privilege,” Price said. “We should and can provide affordable health care to every American. There are roughly 44,500 people in the 11th District who get insurance through the Affordable Care Act and the program has created lots of jobs. Mark Meadows is trying to take away people’s health care and the jobs it provides.”

Donaldson said health care is the reason he gives when people ask him why he chose to run for Congress.

“If you had to sort out in your head why one group of people want to deny health care to another group of people, you’d run for office, too,” he said. “I don’t need a tax cut; my kid needs health insurance.”

Price spoke about his interest in renewable energy and his concern about the future of education in America, saying Meadows and United Stated Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are “trying to destroy our school system.”

The candidates then took questions from the audience.

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