Republicans choose candidate to replace Fulghum in state Senate race

cjarvis@newsobserver.comJuly 17, 2014 

— State Senate District 15 Republican Party executive committee members on Thursday evening selected a replacement candidate to run for the retiring Sen. Neal Hunt’s seat.

John M. Alexander Jr. will step in to replace state Rep. Jim Fulghum, who won the Republican nomination in the May primary. Fulghum recently announced he was withdrawing from the race because he has cancer.

Alexander ran for state Senate in 2008 and lost to Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat who is still in office.

Alexander is a native of Raleigh who attended Broughton High School and N.C. State. He runs a family-owned business, Cardinal International Trucks. He has been involved with nonprofits and fundraising, including for the YMCA on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, which bears his family’s name.

Alexander will face former state transportation secretary and once mayor of Raleigh, Tom Bradshaw in the November election.

Hunt is retiring after 10 years in the Senate representing parts of Wake County.

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