Ted Alexander Announces Candidacy for US Senate Primary to be held May 6th
For immediate release: January 13, 2014
Ted Alexander, former Mayor of Shelby and a native of Morganton, today announced his official candidacy for the May 6, 2014 Republican primary for the US Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kay Hagan. Alexander made the announcement at the Shelby City Hall with family, friends and supporters present in the Council Chambers where he presided as mayor for 8 years.
“My reason for running in the May 6th primary for my party’s nomination can be summed up in the phrase ‘to support and defend the Constitution of the United States’ and to serve the people of North Carolina. The phrase ‘to support and defend…’ comes straight out of the sacred oath of office taken by all U.S. Senators.
With my 35 years worth of experience in serving the public in various capacities, I feel called by God and compelled by an urgent sense of duty to offer everything I have to support a better way of life and create opportunities throughout our state and country in order to benefit all our citizens.
After 50 years of the ‘War on Poverty’ we are at a critical juncture in our state and nation’s history, where we now find that the very programs that were intended to help those less fortunate in our country are now literally hurting those very same people, and in fact have now begun to hurt many others as well by taking away their dignity, initiative and the entrepreneurial spirit that has made our country great. My desire is to offer whatever life experiences that I have accumulated over the years, combined with a socially and economically conservative philosophy, in order to repeal Obamacare and bring federal spending and programs under control through a balanced Budget Amendment.
I am running to support all of the people in North Carolina who are being hurt at the hands of an insatiable and ever greedy federal government whose high taxes, the nightmare of Obamacare, and wasteful spending now have most Americans literally working in involuntary servitude for a virtually unaccountable federal bureaucracy. I want to work to create the most powerful anti-poverty strategy ever invented and that is– job creation. More and more our federal government is stifling the generation of wealth under the false assumption that those who create the jobs in our country are somehow the enemy and need to be punished, when in reality all of policies adhering to that line of thinking actually punish those who really need the jobs. Ever increasing regulations place an undue burden upon our own state and local governments which in turn hurts our citizens at the local level. I will support efforts to reduce the size and scope of our federal government and get it out of the way so that we can re-unleash the most powerful economic engine that the world has ever known.”
While mayor, Alexander was credited with having worked tirelessly to bring down the city’s crime rate: support local economic development initiatives such as the Foothills Commerce Center and the newly opened Earl Scruggs Center; and engaging citizens, civic organizations and churches in neighborhood and community development. “I will bring this same work ethic and energy to the office of senator and emphasize the importance of constituent service for our citizens.” Alexander remarked.
In addition to serving as Mayor, Alexander has served the state in various capacities over the years including President of the North Carolina Downtown Development Association, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s Housing Partnership, The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, The UNC-Charlotte Alumni Association and Foundation Boards, Rotary, and many other organizations including New Wilderness Adventures ministry. He is married to his wife of 30 years, the former Patti Powell of Asheboro and they have 2 children. Ted is a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Shelby.