RALEIGH, N.C. — Wake County State Rep. Jim Fulghum, who was undergoing treatment for cancer, has died.
WTVD-TV reported that Fulghum wrote the state and Wake County election boards July 3 to pull out of the election for the 15th Senate District seat, citing ongoing treatment for cancer.
“Ann and I are sorry to learn of the death of Jim and our prayers go out to his family and friends as they navigate this very difficult time,” said Gov. Pat McCrory in a statement. “As a medical doctor, Jim had a professional and personal passion for helping those in his community and state. Wake County and all of North Carolina lost a great man today.”
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Jim Fulghum this weekend. The residents of Wake County were lucky to have Dr. Fulghum represent them – his leadership as a legislator was second only to his compassion and expertise as a doctor serving his constituents and the state of North Carolina,” said House Speaker Thom Tillis in a statement. “He was a friend who will be missed by me and our entire chamber and my deepest sympathies go to his family and friends during this very difficult time.”
The 70-year-old Fulghum was a retired neurosurgeon elected to the House in 2012. He decided this year to try to make the switch to Senate when Sen. Neal Hunt chose not to run again.
He won the Republican primary and was to face Democrat Tom Bradshaw in the fall.