2nd Amendment advocate, businessman Rudy Cartassi to file for commissioner

A local businessman who is an outspoken advocate for the Second Amendment and cryptocurrency plans to file as a Republican candidate for county commissioner.

Rudy Cartassi of Mebane, 42, will make his first try at public office this year by filing for one of two open seats on Alamance County’s board of commissioners.

Cartassi lists his priorities as having a balanced budget, crime prevention, law and order, and support for the Second Amendment.

Cartassi has founded and currently operates three companies in Alamance County: Hash Master Tech. Afterwards, he founded RAD Industries, which he describes as the premier weapons manufacturing establishment in Alamance County. In 2021 Rudy and David Lee Simmons II launched the RAD Training and Event Center in Burlington; he is currently building one of the first crypto-mining and crypto-hardware repair companies in the nation, in Graham.

He is a certified North Carolina firearms instructor.

Cartassi earned his GED and took additional courses at Alamance Community College, but describes himself as a graduate of the “school of hard knocks.”

Cartassi says that, while he’s a late entry into the race and perhaps “the underdog,” he has a “good message and hopes the people will respond.”

He and his wife Debbie live at 207 East Dillard Street, Mebane.

A primary for the commissioner seats was already assured by three earlier-announced Republican candidates, incumbents Steve Carter and Craig Turner, who was appointed last year to serve the remainder of Amy Galey’s term following her election to the N.C. senate, and first-time candidate Robert Turner.