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Rouzer back for a second run at 7th District Congressional seat

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Former State Senator David Rouzer announced in Wilmington Tuesday he will run again for Congress in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District. Former State Senator David Rouzer announced in Wilmington Tuesday he will run again for Congress in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District.
Rouzer said he will fight to cut wasteful spending habits and work to get the government "off of the backs of our entrepreneurs and small business owners." Rouzer said he will fight to cut wasteful spending habits and work to get the government "off of the backs of our entrepreneurs and small business owners."

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT/AP) – Former State Senator David Rouzer announced in Wilmington Tuesday he will run again for Congress in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District.

"I was fortunate to grow up working on our family farm during the summers, learning the values of hard work, loyalty, respect, and honesty," said Rouzer in a statement Tuesday. "These values made America the greatest and most prosperous country mankind has ever known, and after meeting and talking with thousands of citizens across the 7th Congressional District I know these values still exist in America today."

Rouzer said he will fight to cut wasteful spending habits and work to get the government "off of the backs of our entrepreneurs and small business owners."

"In 2014, we need to elect members (of Congress) who are not addicted to the perks of the office," Rouzer said in his announcement along the riverfront in downtown Wilmington. As for announcing his candidacy more than a year before the congressional primary elections, Rouzer says it will give voters time to get to know him even better.

"Running for Congress takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of work and a lot of money," Rouzer said. We have a foundation built from the last campaign. This second time gives the voters an opportunity to get to know me, and understand my values and where I think we should take this country".

Rouzer said he has spent the past five months since the 2012 general election doing some farming, and said he had actually signed a contract to grow some tobacco. He has also started doing some consulting work for small businesses.

Rouzer lost narrowly in November to Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre for the congressional bid. He fell short by 654 votes out of more than 337,000 votes cast.

He conceded following recounts in the southeastern North Carolina district, but left the door open for a repeat campaign.

McIntyre is in his ninth term and has filed paperwork to run for a tenth. He was targeted in 2012 by national Republicans after redistricting cut out Democratic precincts and his hometown of Lumberton.

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