Republican Gary Pendleton will at least temporarily fill the state House seat he’s hoping to win permanently this fall.
Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Pendleton to Raleigh’s District 49 seat Aug. 19 after the death of Rep. Jim Fulghum. Members of the Wake County Republican Party Executive Committee who live in the district made the recommendation to the governor.
Pendleton, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, will face Democrat Kim Hanchette in the general election this November.
District 49 includes northern parts of the city from Interstate 440 to north of Interstate 540, as well as an area inside the Beltline that stretches south to Wade Avenue.
Pendleton is a former Wake County commissioner and a financial consultant. Hanchette is the founder of Diabetes Management Solutions, a nonprofit that provides diabetes prevention and management education.
Fulghum was first elected to the House in 2012. He decided earlier this year to run for the Senate seat left open by retiring Republican Neal Hunt but withdrew in July after a diagnosis of metastatic esophageal cancer. He died July 19.
State Senate District 15 Republican Party executive committee members chose John M. Alexander Jr. to replace Fulghum in the District 15 Senate race. Alexander’s Democratic opponent in the general election will be former Raleigh mayor Tom Bradshaw.