Under the Dome

GOP challenger for Rep. Robert Brawley announces intentions

A Iredell County man with a long career in textiles and home furnishings announced Friday he will challenge state Rep. Robert Brawley for the GOP nomination in District 95 in next year’s primary.

John Fraley, 63, of Mooresville said he is kicking off his campaign by chipping in $75,000 of his own money.

“It’s time to put an end to old-style, backroom politics and instead work to solve problems,” Fraley said in a news release.

He singled out the 10-term incumbent’s bill this session that proposed to allow lobbyists to give unreported gifts to legislators. Brawley was the only sponsor of the bill, and it went nowhere.

Brawley was also caught up in a tift with House Speaker Thom Tillis in May, in which he turned in his gavel as co-chairman of the Finance Committee and made public a letter critical of Tillis. He later apologized.

Fraley graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and rose through the textile industry to become executive vice president at Excell Home Fashions and later chief operating officer at Home Source International. He is now CEO of Fraley Global Home, Inc. and works with a foundation that educates students from the nomadic tribes of northern Kenya.