Republican files for 1st Congressional District race
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
A Republican challenger filed Tuesday for the 1st Congressional District seat while a second Democratic candidate joined the race for the state House District 8 race.
Durham businessman Roger Allison seeks to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat, who has held the seat since 2004.
“If you look since 2004, since G.K. Butterfield has been in office, you just have to ask if you are better or worse and I can’t say any person I ask that says they are better,” said Allison, who is a first-time political candidate.
Allison said his campaign will be be pro growth, pro American and pro family.
While most of the United States is in a prosperous growth mode, people in the 1st Congressional District feel they are being left behind, he said.
“Our whole goal is to give voters a voice. They’ve not really had one,” Allison said. “Durham has 38 percent black unemployment and one and of two people are in poverty. … There are just so many angry and upset people here and they need a voice and I’m planning on being that person.”
The 1st Congressional District consists of 14 counties extending from Durham to Washington counties, including part of northern Pitt County.
Pitt County Board of Education Chairwoman Mildred Council filed as a Democratic candidate for state House District 8, as she announced last week.
Council and Greenville City Councilwoman Kandie Smith will face off in the May 8 primary election.
Council said she is getting the word out about the upcoming election and registering voters.
“We are trying to get the word out and educate people about the whole democratic process. That’s the first step,” she said.
In democracy it is good for people to run. These are critical times and people think they can make a critical difference,” Council said.
Filing for the 2018 election continues through noon Feb. 28.
List of candidates
The following individuals have filed for political offices that will appear on the 2018 ballot.
1st Congressional District
3rd Congressional District
Phil Law - Republican
■ General Assembly
N.C. Senate District 5
Tony Moore - Republican
N.C. House District 8
Mildred Atkinson Council - Democrat
Kandie Smith - Democrat
N.C. House District 12
George Graham (I) - Democrat
Chris Humphrey - Republican
■ Board of Commissioners
Ann Floyd Huggins - Democrat
Mary Perkins-Williams (I) - Democrat
Benji Holloman - Republican
Mike Fitzpatrick - Republican
Glen Webb (I) - Republican
■ District Attorney
Lee Allen - Republican
Glenn Perry - Republican
■ Clerk of Court
Sara Beth Fulford Rhodes (I) - Democrat
Paula Dance - Democrat
Tony Williams - Democrat
Randy Mitchell - Republican
■ Board of Education
Robert Moore (I)
Levi C. Smith Sr.
Caroline Doherty (I)