Press Release

RE: NC Senate
District Cleveland/Lincoln
There will be a familiar name on the ballot for the newly created NC Senate district that was approved by the General Assembly today. Former Mayor of Shelby and community leader Ted Alexander has announced that he will actively seek a seat in the newly re-drawn North Carolina Senate District which will join Cleveland County with Lincoln County and a small portion of Northeast Gaston County. During the 2011 redistricting process, Cleveland and Burke Counties formed the Senate District.
That will change during the 2018 election cycle due to the court -ordered redrawing of the NC General Assembly districts. “Since the newly drawn districts became public, I have had people approach me and multiple people from all three counties encourage me to file and offer their support”, stated Alexander. “After much prayer and deliberation with my wife Patti, the decision to ask the people of the district to support me for NC Senate was easy. “
Alexander went on to say, “With my professional background in economic and community development as well as my civic work in this district and across the state, I believe that I am well prepared to represent the best interests of the people in this new district. I see this as an extension of my service to both, God and community. My philosophy of public service is just that: “a service”, and my approach to service will be that of a working servant leader. “
During his two terms as Shelby Mayor, Alexander was noted for his accessibility, approachability, and fiscal responsibility. People who have worked with Ted Alexander know of his tireless work ethic and his dedication to successfully recruit and retain businesses and industry. Alexander is well known for his strong support of law enforcement and firefighters. “I hold the highest regard for first responders and can’t say enough to thank all public employees for the work they do in our communities.” Ted Alexander is committed to the goals set forth by Speaker Tim Moore to raise teacher pay to the national average. “It’s important to treat teachers as the professionals they are and to equip our classrooms with the tools needed for teaching today’s students.”
Alexander is no stranger to high profile races. Three years ago he mounted an impressive state-wide grassroots campaign in the Republican primary for United States Senate. While ultimately not successful, his energy, work ethic, and commitment to traditional conservative North Carolina values gained the attention of his peers and he was subsequently elected to serve as Chairman of the 10th Congressional District of the North Carolina GOP representing Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston, Rutherford, Polk, and parts of Buncombe, Catawba, and Iredell Counties.
Ted Alexander and his wife Patti are parents to two grown children, Will and Christina. Ted is passionate about his work as Western Regional Director for Preservation North Carolina where he covers 37 western NC counties (including these three counties). In this position Ted has been instrumental in advancing economic development in the region through recruiting developers, investment, and jobs while preserving historic structures such as the Loray Mill in Gastonia, the Laboratory Cotton Mill in Lincoln, and uptown revitalization in Shelby.