07/18/04 — Dority tries for second chance

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Dority tries for second chance

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on July 18, 2004 2:02 AM

Greg Dority hopes the second time's the charm.

Dority, of Washington, N.C., is in his second race for the District 1 seat in the U.S. House. He faces G.K. Butterfield on Tuesday to see who will replace Frank Ballance who resigned.

Butterfield and Dority also face primaries Tuesday for their parties. Butterfield is a Democrat and Dority is a Republican. Dority faces Jerry N. Williford in the Republican primary.

Dority was defeated by Ballance in 2000. In Wayne County, Ballance, a Democrat, carried 56 percent of the vote.

Dority has said job creation was his top priority.

North Carolina is suffering from the globalization of the economy, Dority said. That has driven the cost of many items.

"A towel at Wal-Mart costs half of what it did five years ago," he said. "That's great, but you can't buy it if you don't have a job."

The United States needs to negotiate new agreements with large trading partners, such as China, he said.

He also promised to run a campaign based on leadership.

Dority, 46, is a partner in Sterling Security, a firm that specializes in security issues and communications. He has worked as security director at ABC News' bureau in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Jayne, have one daughter, Catie, who will enter kindergarten this fall.