GOP candidate Roger Allison files to challenge Butterfield

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A Republican challenger filed Tuesday for the 1st Congressional District seat.

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 eastern Wilson and northern Pitt counties.