Burr Week In Review: "Students For Burr" And Making College More Affordable | Eastern North Carolina Now

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    Raleigh, NC -This week saw the Burr campaign unveil its "Students for Burr" leadership team, its second leadership team in as many weeks. These leadership teams are committed to helping re-elect Senator Burr and the outreach work they do on his behalf is an important part of the campaign's success. It was more of the same this week for Deborah Ross as she continued to call Hillary Clinton trustworthy and fielded more questions about her dangerous record from her time as the head of the ACLU.

    On Monday, the Burr campaign announced its "Students for Burr" leadership team that features students from several different North Carolina high schools, colleges, and universities.

"Students For Burr" Leadership Team

    Ellie Hooper: Ellie is a junior, studying Public Relations and Political Science at Appalachian State University. She is currently serving as the Chairwoman of the Appalachian State College Republicans and the President of the Appalachian Student Ambassadors. After graduation, she hopes to advance her career in either politics and government, Communications, or the non-profit sector.

    Nick Vaughn: Nick is a junior at Wingate University where he majors in Communications. Vaughn entered politics in 2012, when he helped found the Guilford County Teenage Republican and served as the chairman. He later became the State Chairman of the North Carolina Teenage Republicans, where the organization saw record growth, and served on the NC GOP's executive and central committees. In addition, he served as the state Co-Chair for the Students for Tillis coalition that helped United States Senator Thom Tillis during his 2014 campaign. Vaughn has served Wingate University as a Senator on the Student Government Association, as an Orientation Leader, and as an Ambassador of the Wingate University "L.Y.M" organization, that's mission is to give a hat to every child in America that is battling cancer. Vaughn, who is a political science minor, has also served as the Wingate University College Republicans Chairman and the North Carolina College Republicans Communications Director. Most recently, Vaughn attended the Republican National Convention as a member of the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee.

    Ellen Knowles: Ellen is beginning her senior year at East Carolina University as a Political Science major with a Business Administration minor. Ellen is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. She is currently serving her second term as the chapter president of the Chi Omega sorority on campus. Through Chi Omega she has been able to spend time working with and raising money for Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina.


    Senator Burr penned an op-ed for The Hill on Tuesday that detailed his efforts to pass legislation to help prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

    Winston Salem Journal: "U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., on Tuesday said Congress should act to thwart the spread of the Zika virus, redoubling his support of a bill that would provide $1.1 billion to fight the virus.

    "'It would be a shame for the brokenness of Washington to make an already tragic situation with Zika worse,' Burr said.

    "In a column published in The Hill, a Washington news publication, Burr highlighted some of the ways that the $1.1 billion would have been spent: vaccine development, mosquito control and to bolster support services in areas affected by the virus. In addition, he said, money would go to the National Institutes of Health to prepare against emerging infectious diseases.

    "'The Zika aid bill - had it been passed by the Senate and signed by the President over two months ago - would now be helping protect babies from this virus' heartbreaking complications,' Burr said."


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    Wednesday saw the Burr campaign announce the purchase of Snapchat geofilters on the campuses of eight different North Carolina colleges and universities. The geofilters allowed students to express their support for Senator Burr and all the work he has done to help improve college affordability.
    On Thursday, the campaign highlighted a Medium post written by UNC student Danielle Adler, a Charlotte native and "Students for Burr" leadership team member. Adler pointed to Senator Burr's work on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act as a major factor in her support for him this fall.

    Medium: In today's political culture, it's not unusual to see rancorous speeches overshadow legitimate results by some of our elected leaders. It's been a little different here in North Carolina as Senator Richard Burr has amassed an impressive legislative record that has generated real benefits for everyone in North Carolina. Senator Burr's ability to work across the aisle hasn't been lost on students like myself who are grappling with the challenges of an uncertain job market and daunting student loan debt. Senator Burr authored the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which reduced student loan rates, and as a result, North Carolina students will save over $1 billion this year on their student loan costs. The savings will help students start their careers with less financial burden and a clear conscience to pursue jobs based on their merits and not solely from a financial perspective.

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