WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Labor Day is the unofficial kick-off to the fall campaign season. Today at Wrightsville Beach, one Congressional candidate got an early start by getting some feedback from area mayors.
David Rouzer, the Republican nominee for the 7th District US House seat, hosted a roundtable discussion with coastal leaders and Rep. Bill Shuster, of Pennsylvaia, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“We all face the same issues,” Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace said. “We face beach renourishment. We face inlet dredging. We face the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.”
Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons says it’s vital those in DC know about these issues.
“A lot of times, we believe the folks in Washington don’t really understand all the aspects of what it is that we’re trying to get them to do, and when they get a chance to come down and see it with their own two eyes, it makes a big difference,” Simmons said.
Rouzer says this is just one of the reasons he hosted the event.
“Elections are about education, and one of the things I’m trying to do through the course of this process is to educate members of Congress about the importance of our beach nourishment and renourishment needs and the dredging of our waterways and inlets,” Rouzer, a former state senator from Johnston County said.
Rouzer says if he is elected, he will work hard to fix these problems, but opponent Jonathan Barfield, a Democrat, says he is already doing this.
“This is something that is not new to me whatsoever,” Barfield, a New Hanover County Commissioner, said. “I don’t need to sit at a roundtable. This is something I sit at the table with every day.”
Barfield says we need to have long-term sustainability when it comes to beach renourishment and inlet dredging.