by Mickayla McCann
David Price is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to continue serving North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District.
Price has lived in North Carolina for 47 years, 30 of which he has spent in Congress. Price grew up in eastern Tennessee and attended Mars Hill College, then transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. While working toward earning degrees in history and mathematics, Price discovered a passion for justice by becoming involved in the South’s budding civil rights movement. Motivated to advocate for change, Price worked with the student legislature to integrate Chapel Hill’s businesses.
Furthering his education and pursuing his interest in politics, Price attended Yale University, obtaining a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Ph. D. in political science. While earning his doctorate, he worked as a legislative aide to former senator Edward Lewis Bartlett of Alaska. Upon graduating, Price took a position teaching political science and public policy at Duke University. He also worked at the North Carolina Democratic Party.
After studying politics, teaching it, and learning its applications on state and federal levels, Price successfully ran for election and entered Congress in 1987. Seven years later, he lost his bid for reelection by a margin of less than one percent, only to win his seat back in the 1996 election. From 1997 onward, Price has proudly served North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District, which currently encompasses all of Orange, Durham, Granville, and Franklin counties, northern Wake County, and parts of Vance and Chatham counties.
Over the course of his tenure, Price has maintained a progressive platform. He states that one of his favorite accomplishments has been passing the Price Education Affordability Act, which gives students and their parents a tax break on school loans. He also looks proudly upon his service as the Chairman of the Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, where he has fought to allocate more resources toward the Triangle’s infrastructure and affordable housing. In addition, Price has consistently pushed legislation to protect the environment, end predatory lending, and make campaigns and elections more ethical. In regards to politics abroad, Price initiated the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission that works directly with leaders of emerging democracies to develop effective legislative institutions worldwide.
Price has pledged to keep fighting for the issues that matter to North Carolinians. If re-elected, he will work to continue improving North Carolina’s public education and infrastructure. He also aims to focus his next term on expanding affordable housing, increasing access to healthcare, promoting clean energy, and combating gun violence.
To learn more about Price’s platform and donate to his campaign, please visit his website.