Libertarian Party of North Carolina 2014 State Convention


Start date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
End date: 
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 10:00pm


Hilton Garden Inn
4620 South Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703


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orange-register-button-finalJoin us in Durham April 4-6 for the Annual State Convention of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina. This year, our focus will be on putting Liberty in Action. We will focus on affiliate development and support for our Libertarian candidates. Register today.

On Saturday, April 5 we’ll have a U.S. Senate Candidate Forum, featuring the two candidates seeking our Libertarian nomination: Tim D’Annunzio of Raeford and Sean Haugh of Durham. On May 6, they will compete in only the second primary in LPNC history.

The primary business of the convention will be to review the party’s platform, and to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee.

Arrive early on Friday and attend the Affiliate Support and Skills Workshops. Subjects will be Nation Builder, Speech Writing and Delivery, Meeting Process, Fund Raising, and Call Fire.

On Saturday at noon, join us for Lunch and Learn with Executive Director Brad Hessel. Brad will talk about start-up funding, LPNC voter data, social media tips, websites, State Board of Elections report filings, email mining and WakeLP’s Pyramid Outreach Project.

In addition to D’Annunzio and Haugh, our other Libertarian candidates in 2014 are: J. Wesley Casteen, U.S. House 7; P.H. Dawkins, state Senate 25; Paul Meinhart, state House 59; Eric Cable, state House 104; Shelby Mood, state House 117; Windy McKinney, Haywood County Commissioner; Jeremy Hussey, Randolph County Commissioner District 4, and; Ginny Godfrey and Richard Evey, both running for Burke County Commissioner.

Items Need for Auction

We’re looking for donations of items for the annual LPNC convention banquet auction. If you have something of intriguing libertarian value you’d like to give, contact Sean Haugh. Thanks so much!!


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J.J. Summerell

Libertarian Party of North Carolina

J.J. Summerell manages Worksite Insight, a benefits communications and enrollment firm in Greensboro. He has been LPNC chair since 2011, having previously served as an at-large member of the executive committee.



Brad Hessel

Executive Director.
Libertarian Party of North Carolina

Brad Hessel operates a knowledge management consulting practice in Raleigh. He was a volunteer for the Ron Paul presidential campaigns in 2008, and again in 2012 before going to work for Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson. He was appointed LPNC executive director in 2013.

 Dr. Jim Lark

Former Chair,
Libertarian National Committee

Dr. Jim Lark is a professor in the University of Virginia’s school of engineering and applied science. A former chair of the Libertarian National Committee, he current serves as an LNC regional representatives. Dr. Lark is also chairman of the Advocates for Self-Government board of directors.

T.J. Rohr

Lenoir City Council

T.J. Rohr has been a member of the Lenoir City Council for more than 10 years, the last two as mayor pro tem. He has been an attorney for nearly 20 years. Mr. Rohr is married and has two children.

Tentative Agenda

Friday, April 4

Noon Press Conference – 2014 Libertarian candidates

2:00 – 5 p.m. Affiliate Support and Skills Workshops

  • Nation Builder
  • Speech Writing and Delivery
  • Meeting Process
  • Fund Raising
  • Call Fire

7 – 10 p.m. Friends and Family Meet & Greet

Saturday, April 5

8:00 a.m. Registration opens

8:30 a.m. Welcome – Convention Committee Chair

8:35 a.m. Call to Order – J.J. Summerell, Chair, LPNC

  • Membership Secretary’s Report
  • Adoption of the Agenda
  • Reading of Resolutions

9:00 a.m. State of the Party Address – J.J. Summerell

9:15 a.m. The Libertarian Party:  Where We Are, Where We Are Going – Dr. Jim Lark

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Platform Committee Report – Brian Irving

11:00 a.m. Introduction of 2014 Libertarian Candidates/Candidate Stump Speeches

11:15 a.m. Platform Committee Report (con’t)

Noon Lunch

12:30 Lunch and Learn with Brad Hessel

  • Start-up funding
  • LPNC Voter data
  • Social media tips
  • Websites
  • Report Filings with SBOE
  • E-mail mining
  • Pyramid Outreach Project

2:00 p.m. End Gerrymandering Now – Jay Gladieux, NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Candidate Stump Speeches

3:15 p.m. Platform Committee Report (con’t)

3:45 p.m. Recess

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. U.S. Senate Candidate Forum – Tim D’Annunzio and Sean Haugh (Moderator: Barry Smith Carolina Journal)

6:45 p.m. Doors open for Gala Banquet

7:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker: TBA

8:30 p.m. Liberty Auction

10:00 After Party

Sunday, April 6

8:00 a.m. Registration opens

8:30 a.m. Convention Reconvenes

Membership Secretary’s Report

8:35 a.m. Resolutions

  • Platform Committee Report – Amendments from the floor

10:00 a.m. Elections

  • Membership Secretary (fill unexpired term)
  • Recording Secretary (fill unexpired term)
  • At-Large (3 unexpired terms)
  • Judicial Committee
  • Libertarian Party National Convention Delegates

11:00 a.m. Yes You Can – Get Elected and Govern Effectively as a Libertarian! – T.J. Rohr

Noon Adjournment

Meeting of LPNC Executive Committee: 30 minutes after adjournment.

More information

Platform Committee Report

Current Platform

Convention Rules



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