Wake GOP taps businessman for Senate race

Posted July 18, 2014

John Alexander Jr., state Senate candidate

— Wake County Republicans have chosen local businessman John M. Alexander Jr. as their nominee for state Senate District 15.

Alexander is the president and chief executive of Cardinal International Trucks, founded by his father. The family has long been active in local philanthropy. The downtown Raleigh YMCA is named for them.  

Alexander was also the director of Triangle Flight of Honor, a project that flew more than 800 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., from 2010 to 2012 to view the monument built in their honor. WRAL was a partner in that project. 

The seat Alexander will run for has been held for the past 10 years by Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, who is retiring at the end of 2014. Rep. Jim Fulghum, R-Wake, won the Republican primary for the seat in May but withdrew from the race earlier this month due to a battle with cancer.  

Alexander faces a well-known Democratic opponent: former Raleigh mayor and former state transportation secretary Tom Bradshaw.

This will be Alexander's second run for a seat in the state legislature. He unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, in 2008.


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  • Jeremy Gilchrist Jul 21, 2014
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    He is a candidate for the 1%, but not for the middle and working classes. Chalk up another one for the Oligarchy.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jul 20, 2014

    So a man who inherits money from his family can't run for office? I know nothing about him as of yet but that certainly is not the criteria I would use in order to decide to vote for him or not.

  • Eq Videri Jul 18, 2014
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    Tom Bradshaw is not well known to many voting Raleighites these days -- and not all that he's known for is good.

    Raleigh's Alexander Family Y, on the other hand, is a jewel with many appreciative fans.

    Plus Alexander can raise lots of money.

    Mine is on him.

    Meanwhile, God bless the Fulghum family.

  • Michael Hart Jul 18, 2014
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    and it makes you wonder why the they are pressing so hard to get him in their ranks

  • Jackson Smith Jul 18, 2014
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    Johnny Mac tried to buy his way into the General Assembly years ago. He has made his money the old fashioned way, he inherited it. No way anyone can vote for him.