Arthur Rich

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Arthur Rich
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Arthur Rich was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina.[1] He was defeated by incumbent G.K. Butterfield (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] Rich won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014.

Rich was previously a 2012 Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 elections.[3]


Rich was born on March 20, 1977, in Sampson County, North Carolina. As a child, he worked in his family's agriculture business growing tobacco, cucumbers and other produce. When he was nine years old, his father died of a heart attack. He graduated from East Bladen High School, earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Sampson Community College and graduated with a B.S. in economics and accounting from East Carolina University.[4]

Since graduation, Rich has worked as an accountant and tax specialist. He currently works as a business consultant and tax accountant.[4][5]


Campaign themes


Rich listed the following "proposals" on his campaign website:[6]

  • Employee Mutual Income Security Fund: "In this proposed plan, a state would not carry the liability or administrative responsibility in the case of employees laid off work, whatever the cause. Unemployment coverage would be determined by annual wages and/or the amount the employee wants/needs, equivalent to personal income and expense. The plan would apply to self-employed through multi-national; local, state and federal."
  • Passion for Re-election or Compassion for the People?: "As I look back upon the last few months in both Washington and Raleigh, I see status quo all over. Our leaders are so focused on campaigns/fundraising, high-jacking votes not on the first priority-jobs. I find it difficult to believe they are doing very much for the best interest of the citizens. As we look at our local/regional economies I see unemployment on the rise and very little decline in the foreseeable future. Most of the jobs being generated through new policies/incentives are projected over the next 3-5 years not “now” or immediately. There are not enough “new” jobs being generated to cover those lost or new entries into the workforce, those becoming eligible to work, high school graduates and college graduates. Population growth is also increasing with time as these employment figures grow farther and farther apart which also creates a lagging effect on the future employment figures/opportunities. We are not generating new products and manufacturing and/or services to cover the lost jobs or the increased number of eligible workers."
  • Student Loans Moans and Retiree Groans: "As I look back at the last decade of economic turbulence, I can’t see how anyone can say that they have made the futures of young or older Americans better. Younger Americans have been promised a better life through education and career opportunities but the career opportunities have gone backwards, not forward, at a time when everyone struggles to keep up. Student loan debt has quadrupled in the last decade. The opportunities for a better way of life have fallen through the cracks of misfortune for most of our citizens. The older generations of America are experiencing difficult times economically and financially. The hoped for retirement has not been as stable as older generations hoped for, contributed and looked forward to."
  • The Reality of “Job Creation” in America: "The first reality check is, “there’s no such thing as job creation”. A job is the result of need for an individual with the ability to complete a task within a designated time and manner. The task can range from unskilled through super-high tech. For months I have spoken and written on Job Development. In 2012 debates by candidates for federal, state and local; jobs, and the need for them, have been the primary focus for office seekers. I have participated in debates and meetings throughout USA. Jobs are the “key” subject of both political parties and all attendees. Most plans presented are well intentioned. Incentives, modified education, partnering government with businesses, basically- nothing new. As for health care, schools, roads, law enforcement, among so many vital areas; we need more revenue; not taxes or further cuts. The one thing, as yet unmentioned or unknown is- How do we do it? My first proposal, stimulation and support toward more rapid recovery of the Housing Market, was well received within the industry. Simply put, make the down payment deductible from income tax! The result, increased jobs in sales, renovations, upgrades, support areas and suppliers (jobs nationally projected 500,000), increased spike in local property tax revenue and support. No loss or No costs to IRS, state or local; empty houses produce nothing as to revenue. This proposal was forwarded to several U.S. Senators and Representatives. The response—underwhelming? Realtors, buyers and builders, are you reading this? Next, a return to personal initiative on the part of all citizens. My associates and I called it 'Bootstrap Job Development.' "


—Arthur Rich, Official campaign website


Rich posted the following mission statement on his campaign website:

"I Arthur Jason Rich as an employee of The American Workforce will do my very best to fulfill the tasks at hand whether they be leading or following. I will use my knowledge of work and education to the best benefit of America’s organizations, their customers and investors. I will do my best to be a team player in all situations and assist as needed."

Rich listed the following goals on his campaign website:

"I hope to utilize my knowledge from my job experiences and my degrees to be the best I can be for an organization, society, my family and myself. I plan to complete my Master’s Degree in Accounting and utilize my educational achievements to help our society save and invest to better prepare them for the future. In closing, 'I want to be the best that I can be and help others be the same!' "

Rich discussed his campaign with North Carolina Now Senior Correspondent Kelly McCullen:



See also: North Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Rich ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 1st District. He lost to incumbent G.K. Butterfield (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] Rich won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngG.K. Butterfield Incumbent 73.4% 154,333
     Republican Arthur Rich 26.6% 55,990
Total Votes 210,323
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngArthur Rich 51.3% 5,519
Brent Shypulefski 48.7% 5,232
Total Votes 10,751
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections


See also: North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Rich ran for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2012. He lost in the primary election on May 8, 2012.[8]

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