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Rouzer receives award from senior citizen group

Republican congressional candidate David Rouzer has received the "Honorary Guardian of Seniors' Rights" award from the senior citizen group the 60 Plus Association.

The nonpartisan Alexandria, Va.-based group advocates for repealing the death tax, preserving Social Security and Medicare, affordable prescription drugs, lower energy costs and other issues important to seniors. It describes itself as the conservative alternative to the AARP.

Jim Martin, who founded 60 Plus in 1992, said Rouzer would "work to protect the pocket books of senior citizens and end the wasteful spending of our tax dollars." "Seniors have to live within their means and so should our government," he said.

Rouzer, a former state senator from Johnston County, is one of three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District, which includes all or parts of 12 southeastern North Carolina counties. Wilmington attorney Woody White and Fayetteville military veteran Chris Andrade are also seeking the GOP nod.