Two Newcomers Want To Topple Incumbent In 4th District
Posted October 29, 2002 6:24 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — When Triangle voters head to the polls Nov. 5, they will vote to send more than just Erskine Bowles or Elizabeth Dole to Washington, D.C. The ballot will include the names of an incumbent and two newcomers in the race for North Carolina's 4th Congressional District.
Voters will choose between Democrat David Price, of Chapel Hill, who is seeking his eighth term, Republican Tuan Nguyen, a 27-year-old flight instructor and Libertarian Ken Nelson, of Holly Springs.
Price said he is focusing his campaign on the state of the economy.
"There is a huge agenda and I hope and believe that this election will focus on the economy and what we need to do to make it right," Price said.
Nguyen said he thinks voters are ready for change.
"I think people are tired of that and they want a change in Washington," he said.
Price recently received the Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard. He also sits on the budget writing committee and is credited with funneling huge amounts of federal money to Triangle projects.
Price said he is committed to helping the Triangle recover from the economic downturn.
""We need to reach out to those families who need some immediate support. We also need to get this economy turned around, get this federal budget in order, get this corporation corruption that has undermined our confidence cleaned up, get training and retraining out there for people who need to redeploy in terms of jobs," he said.
"The truth in America today about elections is that a lot of them are not very competitive. We're hoping obviously to be one of the few upsets in the country, but really money gives too much power and that allows too many of them to be re-elected," Nguyen said.
The third choice for voters is Nelson, 31, who said he is in the race promoting principals of curtailed government, lower taxes and civil liberties.