Great Day in Hayesville

Great Day in Hayesville

Hayesville in beautiful Clay County turned out to be a great place for a Phillip Price Listening Session.  Some two dozen people turned out at the Valley River Brewery for two hours to share their ideas for improving Western North Carolina with Phillip.

Several members of the Public Policy Network attended to voice their concerns about the impact of decisions in Washington on health care, the environment and financial security.  This group backs up its concerns with well-researched statistical data found on their website at

One idea nearly everyone in the room shared was the need for better access to high-speed internet for school kids and to attract and support small businesses.  Voters also responded positively to calls for single-payer healthcare-for-all and protecting their beautiful mountain environment.

They expressed appreciation that Phillip travelled from McDowell County in the eastern part of the district to meet with them.  One participant asked how many in the room had seen their current congressman in Hayesville; not a single hand was raised.  Phillip promised he would return often and continue to listen to their concerns.

The day in Hayesville also included a meeting with Mayor Harry Baughn and members of the Hayesville City Council.  At that meeting with town officials, Phillip heard concerns about education and the lack of textbooks, more concerns about the lack of high-speed internet access in the county and its impact on education and the economy, and making schools safer for students and teachers.

Days like Monday in Hayesville dramatically demonstrate the need for more responsive, worker-oriented representation in Congress.

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