On Wednesday in Jacksonville, Democrat Allen Thomas, a candidate for NC’s 3rd Congressional District, hosted a public meeting to discuss his concerns about military bases in North Carolina.
The former mayor discussed concerns of the toxic water at Marine Base Camp Lejeune. Reports state people have been exposed to the contaminated water in the 50’s to the 80’s.
Thomas said if elected, he’d introduce a bill to take care of the issue.
He had no intentions visiting Jacksonville the same day President Trump is holding his rally in Greenville, but Thomas did challenge the President to taste the water at the base.
“It’s okay and it’s great to have presidential folks in Eastern N.C. I would much rather have him show up here and taste some of this water and try to move this region forward. It’s easy to take pats on the back. I want somebody to lift a hand up and help,” said Thomas.
The candidate also spoke on funding for hurricane response. Repairs at Camp Lejeune from Florence are close to $3.5 billion.
Thomas said funding begins with “leaders having a backbone and [putting] our people over partisan politics.” He continues to state the work will be accomplished with leaders in the state and federal level working collaboratively.
According to Thomas’s campaign, the meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the Freedom Fountain in Jacksonville, located at the intersection of Johnson Blvd., New Bridge Street, and Lejeune Blvd.
Thomas said, at the meeting, he will discuss concerns he has about water and lingering hurricane damage at Camp Lejeune, and how he intends to help fix those issues if he is elected as the next NC 3rd Congressional District Congressman.
Thomas said, “When I talk about infrastructure expansion, it includes support of our military, their families and our veterans. North Carolina has a unique military presence. We’re home to the 3rd largest military population in the United States.”