Phillip Price is a small business owner, a musician, a woodworker, an outdoors man, a leader, and a man of integrity.

Western North Carolina is home to Phillip. He is raising a family here and enjoys hiking and fishing in our beautiful mountains. Phillip has deep roots in the area and he has spent over 35 years listening to his neighbors, fellow artists, business owners, elected officials and community organizations.  And he understands mountain life and the struggles of working families in WNC, and he cares about their success.

So he’s doing something about it.

Phillip Price wants to give western North Carolina a voice in the US House of Representatives.  Not a rubber stamp for the agenda of the rich and powerful, who seem to have bought complete ownership of Mark Meadows.

Why Phillip Price? Because he’s one of us. He and his wife Michelle,who grew up in Cashiers, have lived everywhere from Jackson to McDowell, with stops in Transylvania, Macon, Haywood, and Buncombe along the way.  Over the years, he has worked in all 16 counties in the district.

Phillip attended Western Carolina University for a time until his dad passed away. Drawn to a life on the road as a musician, Phillip toured the East Coast and Midwest with his band, D.S.F. Earth Corps. When he wasn’t touring or recording music, he was standing up for what he thought was right. That’s why Phillip once played on the steps of the Georgia Capitol at a NORML rally. He’s still pushing for decriminalization of cannabis today. His band is still playing gigs, too.

But no matter where music has taken him, Phillip has always come back home to western North Carolina. He settled down in Asheville and now lives in Nebo, a rural town in the foothills of McDowell County. That’s where he runs his business, Antique Reclaimed Lumber. Phillip deconstructs old barns and reclaims the wood for new uses from custom furniture to chestnut floors. He has earned those calluses on his hands building a sustainable green business that has employed over 40 through the years.

It hasn’t always been easy. Phillip used to go without health care, risking bankruptcy if he ever got injured or sick. But under the Affordable Care Act, he has been able to provide health insurance for his family. Every time Meadows bleats about repealing Obamacare, without ever offering anything comparable in exchange, he is putting a lot of us, including Phillip, in the crosshairs.

Health care shouldn’t be just for the well-to-do. He supports single-payer Medicare for all. It’s good for business and the right thing to do. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville for 18 years, Phillip truly believes in caring for the sick and feeding the hungry instead of giving tax breaks to the rich and taking away health care.

“I’m just sick of bullying the poor people and the people who can’t take care of themselves because the system’s rigged against them,’’ Price said. “People inherit poverty. It shouldn’t be a death sentence.”

Yes, Phillip thinks like us. When you hike Whiteside Mountain to the top of Devil’s Courthouse, you truly understand the beauty of western North Carolina. You breathe it; you see it all around you. How could anyone allow loggers to strip the land of trees like our current US House Representative wants to do to Blue Valley, even knowing that our environment is what makes tourism the No. 1 industry in Western North Carolina? How do you support destroying that environment and risking those jobs?

A vote for Meadows is a vote against your own backyard.    

Phillip Price can truly represent NC 11, because he is one of us. He sent his three children to public schools in Western North Carolina and they’ve excelled. But now there’s a state and federal push to privatize education, turning it into a for-profit business. If that happens, profit will inevitably come before education. Just like it comes before health care now. Phillip doesn’t want that for our kids.

Phillip won’t cozy up to billionaire friends who can funnel dark money into his campaign without anybody knowing who is buying his vote. Phillip stands against Citizens United – the Supreme Court ruling that allowed unlimited dollars to flow secretly to aid campaigns.

Those big dollars won’t be flowing to this campaign. It runs on small donations from your neighbors. From us.

That’s who Phillip Price will represent when he gets to Congress: Us, the residents of western North Carolina.