Hunt to retire, endorses Fulghum

Posted February 24, 2014

Sen. Neal Hunt

— Wake County Republican state Sen. Neal Hunt won't be seeking re-election this year. He announced Monday that he's stepping down at the end of his current term.

Hunt, 71, has served five two-year terms in the Senate. Prior to his election in 2004, he served on the Raleigh City Council. 

"I'm an old geezer," Hunt joked to WRAL News, "and it’s time to step down and let someone young do it." 

Hunt said he is endorsing Rep. Jim Fulghum, a Raleigh Republican and physician currently serving in his first term in the state House. 

"I've been thinking about [retiring] for some time," Hunt explained. "I was interested in finding somebody I could endorse for my position. I found somebody. Dr. Jim Fulghum has agreed to step up and run for my seat. When he agreed, I decided I would not run."  

Fulghum confirmed Monday he has withdrawn his filing for House 49 and re-filed instead for Hunt's Senate District 15 seat.

Fulghum's change leaves a vacancy on the ticket in his current north Raleigh district. One Republican has already filed for that House seat.

Gary Pendleton, a financial planner and benefits consultant who previously served on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. He also chaired the county's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in 2006. Pendleton filed for House 49 Monday. 

No word yet whether Fulghum's 2012 primary challenger, former state Rep. Russell Capps, will run again.


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  • Jackson Smith Feb 25, 2014
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    Please help us if Gary Pendleton ever gets elected to anything again.

  • Plum Tuckered Feb 25, 2014

    Sentences need verbs!

  • goldenosprey Feb 25, 2014

    mep & history. Maybe Senator Hunt is a nice guy, I never met him, but his votes were against the interests of school children and the working people of North Raleigh. Definitely time for the district to switch parties.

  • history6557 Feb 25, 2014

    While I am not of Sen. Hunt's party I do know him to be a man of strong Christian character. Moreover he is a true gentleman who is unfailingly polite to all. He is the same person in the majority party in the NCGA that he was when he was in the minority party. It would behoove members from both parties to learn from his example.

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Feb 24, 2014
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    Senator Neil Hunt has done a fantastic job of representing my district.... he will be missed. I can only hope we can elect someone with as much integrity and commitment to conservative values as Neil.
    Best of luck to you Neil... enjoy your well deserved retirement.

  • IliveinwhackogopcontrolledNC Feb 24, 2014

    Gary Pendleton? God help us.

  • rhess2 Feb 24, 2014

    The five two year terms Sen. Neal Hunt has served in the Senate is a product of basically a non engaged voting population. He kept getting elected over and over again with low voter turnouts and no real viable challenges. When the General Assembly was in control of the Democrats he was a little more non partisan and at times reached across the isle. As soon as the GOP took control he joined the non compromising group now controlling our State Legislature. Another words Sen. Hunt goes whatever direction the wind blows. If you want a true representative in the NC Senate that serve their constituents best interests don't necessarily have the expectation that the candidate Hunt supports to replace him will do that.

  • goldenosprey Feb 24, 2014

    Sen. Hunt describes himself as a "geezer" yet he endorsed Jim Fulghum who is no spring chicken himself, and whose ideas are older than dirt.

    Maybe this district can finally get some decent representation.

  • stymieindurham Feb 24, 2014

    "Councilman No"

    And name-call him "Councilman No" because why???? Because he's Republican??

  • Bill Mooney Feb 24, 2014
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    I look forward to replacing "Councilman No" with someone who is future-minded.