US Senate candidate Beasley visits Livingstone College
Posted at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2022
By Brad Dountz
SALISBURY — Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina, made her way to Livingstone College on Thursday to address an enthusiastic crowd of students and teachers.
People were packed into the Aggrey Student Union to hear Beasley, who is running against Ted Budd, the Republican who is also looking to take over as Sen. Richard Burr leaves office. Music entertained the crowd beforehand and tables were set up where people could register to vote. Afterwards, Beasley took the time to meet and take pictures with anyone who wanted one.
Beasley served as a district court judge and a state judge Court of Appeal before being appointed to North Carolina Supreme Court in 2012, where she served as Chief Justice from 2019 to 2020. During her speech, Beasley said her late mother would say “every election is the important election of our lifetimes.”
Beasley is still trying to get that message across to everyone in the state this year.
“As I travel through all of our 100 counties, people are so concerned about rising costs and they’re feeling everything from paying at the pump to the cost of prescription drugs and everything in between. So many people work two or three jobs to take care of their family and they want to know that the next senator is going to fight hard for North Carolina and for all of North Carolina,” Beasley said.
With rising interest rates and rental prices, the cost of living has become a major issue for politicians this year.
“I think the Senate really needs to engage in incentives as well, to make sure people can really get affordable housing. We know this is a statewide problem. We know there are police officers, firefighters and teachers who do not have accommodation and that is not acceptable,” Beasley said.
Getting the best education for students is another key issue, especially with test scores at Rowan-Salisbury schools that are below the state average. .
“We care a lot about our students and what we do know is that during the pandemic a lot of kids haven’t had access to broadband or virtual learning technology and neither have a lot of teachers. . So I truly believe that the Senate has an obligation to fund schools, students, teachers and families to ensure children can succeed,” Beasley said.
Election day is Tuesday, November 8.