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Rocky Mount mayor running for Congress

Posted on December 1, 2021

Updated on December 2, 2021

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Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson has filed paperwork to run for the newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District.

Roberson hadn’t made an official announcement by deadline for this report.

Roberson enters the GOP primary alongside Sandy Smith, who lost to Rep. G.K. Butterfield in 2020.

Butterfield, a long-serving Democrat, said last month that he will retire from Congress instead of seeking reelection in a redrawn district.

Roberson won a four-year term as mayor in 2019. He said on his website that he’s working as mayor to strengthen education, increase neighborhood safety, expand jobs and inspire economic development throughout the city.

Roberson is supported by local fundraiser and political kingmaker Tom Betts.

“He is running,” Betts said of Roberson. “Announcement soon.”

The ballot is filling up. So far, Democrats James Gailliard, Erica Smith and Don Davis are running.

The new 2nd Congressional District encompasses 18 counties including, from west to east, Caswell, Person, Granville, Vance, Franklin, Nash, Wilson, Wayne, Warren, Halifax, Edgecombe, Greene, Northampton, Martin, Hertford, Bertie and Washington.

The 2022 general election is set for Nov. 8.

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