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Senate hopeful starts 100-county tour in Spring Hope

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SPRING HOPE — For U.S. Senate candidate Atul Goel, the issues of the day come down to people.

Whether talking about health care or immigration, the heart of the matter is the people involved, said Goel, a 59-year-old Raleigh doctor.

“It’s people,” said Goel, a Democratic candidate for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Thom Tillis.

With a goal of meeting as many of the folks who make up the state he intends to represent as possible, Goel kicked off his 100-county tour in Nash and Wilson counties over the weekend.

Goel visited Spring Hope on Friday, where he spoke to folks setting up for the 48th annual Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival. On Saturday, Goel visited Wilson, having breakfast at Bill’s Grill and talking with people downtown.

“Since the senator represents all North Carolinians, I feel strongly that a Senate candidate should set foot in, and meet voters face-to-face from, every single North Carolina county,” Goel said. “For me, the perspectives of the voters in the least populous county are just as important as the perspectives of the voters in the more populous counties.”

Besides Wilson and Nash, Goel also visited Rocky Mount’s Battleboro community in Edgecombe County, Scotland Neck in Halifax County and four other counties during his first weekend tour.

“A major concern shared by many was access to basic health care,” Goel said. “I understand their anguish. If elected senator, I will fight every single day till we have a solution which allows everyone to get affordable, basic health care. As an expert who understands all perspectives in our complex health care system, I am ready to find solutions. No one should be denied basic health care in our country.”

Other concerns Goel said people shared with him during his visits were: Improving laws to protect victims of domestic abuse; concern whether Social Security will be available after paying into the system for a lifetime; responsible gun violence legislation; the nation’s immigration policy; and foreign policy.

“I want to thank everyone for their thoughts,” Goel said. “If elected senator, I am not going to pursue policies from talking points or from consultants and advisers. I will continue to get face-to-face feedback directly from North Carolinians so that I meet their needs.”

Goel said whether the issue is medical care or immigration, there’s no one answer that fits every situation. He said he’s ready to listen and work together with people to find the best solution.

More about Goel and his campaign is available at www.atulgoelforsenate.com. He’s tracking his 100-county tour on his Twitter account, @AtulGoel4Senate.