WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- David Rouzer will get some big-name help in his race for the Republican nomination to represent much of southeastern North Carolina in Washington.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will attend two fundraisers in the area later this month for Rouzer, a former state senator from Johnston County, who narrowly lost to Rep. Mike McIntyre two years ago in the race for the 7th District US House seat.
Rouzer and Cantor will attend fundraisers in Wilmington and Wallace Feb. 17. Cantor also stumped for Rouzer in Wilmington in 2012. Cantor and Rouzer also plan a joint news conference that day.
Rouzer beat Ilario Pantano for the Republican nomination in the 7th District in 2012. So far he and New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White have said they will run for the nomination. New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield is the only Democrat so far to declare he will run for the seat after McIntyre said last month he will not seek a tenth term in the House. Candidate filing begins Feb. 10.