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Clinton and Sanders invited to Princeville

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders pose for a photo before debating at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday in Durham, N.H.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders pose for a photo before debating at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday in Durham, N.H. AP

A town commissioner from Princeville is inviting Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to his town, saying they’ll see an ‘invisible Flint.’

Princeville, a small, majority African-American town, grew from a settlement of freed slaves in Edgecombe County. The town has struggled over the years, and Commissioner Milton Bullock is calling Sanders and Clinton in for an “‘up close and personal assessment’ of our deplorable predicament.”

On Sunday, Clinton visited Flint, MI, where contaminated water has caused lead poisoning in some children.

Princeville has a terrible water system, Bullock wrote, and it’s going to cost $6 million to $9 million to fix it. Poor residents of Princeville can’t afford it, Bullock wrote. The town is paying for water from Tarboro “at a rate you wouldn't believe,” he wrote.

He said Clinton and Sanders should “dare to come into this almost forgotten community.”

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