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Shypulefski files for Butterfield seat in Congress

By Staff Reports
Published in News on March 9, 2014 1:50 AM

Brent Shypulefski, 43, of Rocky Mount, has filed as a Republican candidate for North Carolina's District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shypulefski will face Arthur Rich of Garland in the May 6 Republican primary.

The winner of that contest will face the winner of the Democratic primary between incumbent Rep. G.K. Butterfield of Wilson and Dan Whittacre of Henderson in the Nov. 4 general election.

Shypulefski has a background in the banking and brokerage industry, and worked as a summer intern for Pennsylvania state Rep. Matthew Baker during college.

He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Bible and Mansfield University with degrees in Bible and business administration. He has lived in North Carolina for 16 years.

Shypulefski started in banking as a personal banker and worked up to manager of the call center for RBC Wealth Management. He said that experience allowed him to learn economics and the "ins and outs" of Wall Street.

In 2010, he was laid off along with his entire RBC team as RBC Wealth management moved all the accounts to Minneapolis, Minn.

Shypulefski said his drive to find work in North Carolina was thwarted by decisions in Washington, D.C.

Potential employers feared sequester, debt limit, and ObamaCare, he said. Employers wanted to hire, but they were scared about the future, Shypulefski said.

As Rocky Mount's unemployment numbers for December remained at more than 10 percent Shypulefski said he knew North Carolina was ready for new leaders with real solutions.

Shypulefski said he shares views on issues and seeks opportunity to connect with voters at his website, www.brentforcongress.com.

"As congressman I will represent all people of District 1 in a fair and honorable manner," he said. "Are you ready? I am."