Federal Offices:
US House of Reps District 4 

Members of the US House of Representatives are elected in districts to serve 2 year terms in the US Congress. In North Carolina's 4th District, Rep. David E. Price's seat is up for grabs in 2020.

Incumbent
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Rep. David E. Price (D)
Price's Platform TLDR

Before serving in Congress in 1986, Price was previously a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University.

 

David's constituents know him as a strong supporter of education, accessible health care, affordable housing, clean air and water, scientific research, and improved transportation alternatives.

 

A longtime advocate for increased investment in biomedical and environmental research in NC and beyond.

Price has served 15 terms, and won his last election in 2018 with 75% of the vote.

Challenger
Robert Thomas (R)
Thomas' Platform TLDR

Thomas is running because he is disgusted by the treatment of President Trump by 'Washington insiders' and 'Pelosi's soldiers.' His slogan is 'Conservative Values.'

The three key pillars of Thomas’ campaign are: 

  • The Wall: we need to put America first.

  • The Constitution: Congressional Democrats have undercut Constitutional safeguards in their zeal to purge President Trump by any means necessary.

  • The Second Amendment: we need to protect the right to bear arms.

Thomas won the Republican primary with 48.6% of the vote.

Meet the candidates:
who's who?
David E. Price

Bio: Price has comfortably held the district since his election in 1986. Before serving in Congress, Price was a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. A NC resident since 1972, his family is well established in the Triangle Area with his wife helping to found North Carolinians Against Gun Violence. They are active members of their community and local church. 

 

During his time in the House, Price has earned multiple awards, honors, and held positions on a number of committees. He is the only NC member of the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Subcommittees for Homeland Security; State, Foriegn Operations, and Related Programs; and the House Budget Committee. He is the Vice Chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force and House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. 


Price’s awards include: Lifetime Champion by the North Carolina Justice Center, Champion of Science by the Science Coalition, Legislator of the Year by Sierra Club of NC, Legislator of the Year by the NC Low-Income Housing Coalition, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Award from the Political Science Association.

Robert Thomas
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Bio: Thomas was born in Ohio and earned a BS in Psychology and a JD from the Ohio State University. He worked as an attorney and a residential real estate appraiser and lived in Durham, NC for 25 years. 

Key endorsements:
who's supporting who?
Price' Endorsements
Price's Legislative Scorecard  

  • 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign measuring vote history for issues impacting the LGBTQ community.

Thomas' endorsements

{Thomas has no known endorsements.}

On the issues:
US House of Reps candidates
1. Economy

Price believes that education is “key to our economic competitiveness and prosperity.” Price also supports comprehensive energy policy that would move the U.S. to a clean energy economy.

Price believes education and comprehensive energy policy are vital to economic competitiveness and prosperity.

Thomas says there are a few areas where America is becoming complacent economically:

  • energizing employment in inner cities

  • employing former felons more productively and often

  • making sure that automation does not outpace jobs for humans.

Thomas stresses that the US cannot 'allow China to get the upper hand economically.'

2. Education

Price says that he has always “regarded education as my highest priority in the Congress.” He has successfully passed the Advanced Technological Education Program, the law making interest on student loans tax-deductible, and national scholarships for prospective teachers, modeled after the NC Teaching Fellows program. Price believes that an emphasis on education is essential to “economic competitiveness and prosperity.” Price has worked with Republicans to pass bipartisan educational policy. In 2019, he introduced the College Affordability Act. Price is a longtime advocate for increased investment in biomedical and environmental research in NC and beyond. 

A former professor, Price is a longtime advocate of affordable education and increased investment in research. 

Thomas says that he is personally passionate about the education system because it has “utterly failed the nation’s primary and secondary students for decades.” He believes that the education system must be improved if the U.S. is to remain competitive around the world, particularly in relation to China. He emphasizes science and space research as the way to maintain our technical edge in the world.

Thomas believes that the educational system is lagging

3. Foreign Policy

Price is Co-Chair of House Democracy Partnership, which engages with emerging democracies in every region of the world. He was active in the Bush years to bring a realistic strategy forward for the end of our occupation in Iraq. Price believes that the US is facing “new and renewed national security challenges” and that American foreign policy should “emphasize our role as a force for global peace and stability as an exemplar of democratic values.”

Price believes the US should be a global advocate for peace, stability and democratic values.

In terms of US military capabilities, Thomas emphasizes the Space Force because “space is the final frontier, and could very well be the decisive battlefields in future conflicts." He believes China is already ahead of us in this area.

Thomas believes Space Force is the future of foreign policy.

4. Guns

As a Vice Chair of the House Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Price has led the Congressional effort against preventable tragedies. He supports a reinstatement of federal bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks on gun sales, expanded support for mental health services, local gun buy-back programs, and removing restrictions on gun violence research. He received an F rating from the National Rifle Association. 

Price believes gun violence prevention can save American lives.

Thomas believes that "often, the best defense is a firearm." He says that criminals do not respect the law, so gun control laws will only make citizens more vulnerable to violent attack. He states that "the solution for a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun," and that legislation is not effective because "one cannot effectively legally mandate morality, nor outlaw tragedy. Bad things will happen regardless of what we do." However, he does concede that there should be some limitations on the right to bear arms, since no one "would like their quirky rich neighbor to have the legal right to purchase and possess nuclear weapons." He does not elaborate on what these limitations should be. 

Protecting the Second Amendment is a pillar of Thomas' platform.

5. Health Care

Price believes in protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act and cosponsored Medicare for All.

Thomas believes  we must improve the nation’s health care system and attack the opiate addiction epidemic. Thomas also says that considering our aging population, we must prioritize healthcare. In his words, “unless and until a cure for old-age is developed, we will have increasing numbers of seniors to care for.” He believes that we must eliminate the red tape that takes doctors’ time away from patients. 

Thomas prioritizes caring for our aging population.  

Price has voted to stop insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions and empower state regulators to stop unreasonable premium increases. He is also working to advance stem cell research with appropriate ethical safeguards, because he believes it “holds great promise for North Carolinians suffering from debilitating illnesses.” Price has voted to make prescriptions more affordable for seniors, fought efforts to privatize Social Security and voted against the budget to convert Medicare to a voucher program system.

6. Immigration

Price champions comprehensive immigration reform, meaning “fighting for a fair, just and humane immigration system that treats every human with dignity.” Price has been a vocal advocate for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Has co-sponsored and voted in favor of the DREAM act. He supported amendments to funding legislation that would end indiscriminate ICE raids and prevent family separation. Price supports reform to update legal processes to the needs of our economy and create a pathway to citizenship for “those already part of the fabric of our communities.” 

Price supports strengthening DACA and creating an efficient pathway for citizenship.

If Thomas were to prioritize one issue, it would be immigration reform. He says there will be no more  “indigents looking for work, and dependent on social services” once the uncompromising and partisan Democrats agree to make a deal on Trump's wall. Thomas also claims that illegal immigration has caused the spread of dangerous diseases, such as tuberculosis. Thomas believes immigration is the greatest challenge the nation will face in the next decade. He recognizes the economic value of the “many undocumented people, many of whom have proven to be assets to their communities,” saying it will be easier to provide them with documentation once the Southern Border is secured. Thomas wants to eliminate sanctuary cities.

Thomas prioritizes securing the Southern Border and supports Trump's wall.