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Former Jesse Helms staffers to lead Rep. David Rouzer’s new Smithfield office

U.S. Rep. David Rouzer opened a district office in the Johnston County Agriculture Center in Smithfield on Monday.

During a press conference, the newly elected congressman from McGee’s Crossroads announced his staff will also hold office hours in Clayton and Benson once a month.

The district office in Smithfield is one of three throughout Rouzer’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches from Johnston southward to Brunswick and New Hanover counties. His staff will hold office hours in every county across the district, he said.

Rouzer, a former state senator, is also a former aide to U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. He picked former fellow Helms staffers Lisa Littler and Carol Armstrong to work primarily in the Johnston County district office.

“It’s kind of neat to get the Helms family back together,” Rouzer said.

“Many of you know how important constituent service was to my old boss Sen. Helms,” Rouzer added. “That did not go unnoticed by me or anybody else that was employed by him.”

Rouzer said anyone can visit or call the offices with public policy issues or specific casework matters, including questions about Veterans Affairs benefits or help with passports.

Rouzer’s district office in Smithfield will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On the second Wednesday of each month, the congressman’s staff will also hold office hours at The Clayton Center from 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. at Benson Town Hall.

The phone number to the Smithfield office is 919-938-3040.