2015 LPNC Convention

National Chair To Keynote

sarwark_nicholas.pngNational chair Nicolas Sarwark will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Annual Libertarian Party of North Carolina Convention Saturday, April 11. His address will be titled "Show Up, Be Nice, Win."

Born in 1979, Nicholas is an unabashed, second generation Libertarian with a strong commitment to fighting on the party’s behalf against unfair ballot access obstacles and exclusion of qualified candidates from public debates.



Panel Discussions

Winning Elections in North Carolina,” featuring: Rachel Mills, campaign manager for Sean Haugh's U.S. Senate campaign; Jason Joyner, campaign manager for Wesley Casteen's 7th Congressional District race; Jonathan David Baird, a Burke County soil and water conservation district supervisor, and others TBA. Moderated by Thomas Hohman, Chair of the Union County Libertarian Party and multi-time Libertarian candidate.

“Lend Me Your Ears”—Several organizations whom we are actively working with—or might consider working with—are invited to (briefly) let us know what they are doing and how we might cooperate…so far, the ACLU, GRNC, NC Stop Torture Now, Moore County Tea Party, and the Republican Liberty Caucus are all slated to appear.

Banquet Speaker

John Davis, a North Carolina political analyst and author of the John Davis Political Report, is an authority on evaluating candidates, with a 92 percent forecast accuracy of nearly 1,500 races since the 2000 election. Campaigns & Elections magazine honored Davis as one of North Carolina's Top 10 "Political Influencers" in 2012.

Registration Information

Please pre-register to facilitate credentialing. You must pre-register by no later than Monday, April 6 if you want to attend the Gala Banquet (or order a box lunch for Saturday). Those options will not be available online after midnight April 6.

Gala Banquet choices include honey citrus pepper glazed chicken or pasta primavera (vegetarian) or salmon with a lemon dill cream sauce. Entrées include salad, sides, and dessert.

Attendance at the business sessions for LPNC members is free. This includes elections, considerations of bylaws changes, etc. We're asking a $5 donation for registration simply because the Nationbuilder platform requires us to collect some money in order to use the registration system. This is refundable upon request at the convention

Business Pass holders are not entitled to attend any events except for the post-Gala speech and auction Saturday night.

High school, college, and graduate students are eligible for the “student” rate. If you can do so, please consider purchasing an extra student pass or passes. We'll award them on a first-come, first-serve basis to scholarship students.


Immediately following the banquet Sean Haugh will conduct our annual LPNC Auction featuring all manner of hard-to-impossible-to-find libertarian-themed must-have goodies. If you have an item you wish to donate for the Saturday post-Gala Banquet auction, please contact us.

Working Agenda

Latest Update: 3/29/2015 @ 10am

Friday, April 10

6:00-7:00 pm - Affiliate Officers’ Hangout – Brad Hessel

Affiliate party officers are invited to gather in the main convention auditorium—or join in via the Google Hangout—to hobnob and share ideas with their colleagues and query LPNC staffers.

7:00-10:00 pm - Friends & Family Meet & Greet

Saturday, April 11

8:00 am - Registration Opens

8:30 am - Welcome, Brad Hessel, Convention Committee Chair

8:35 am - Call to Order, J.J. Summerell, LPNC Chair

Membership Secretary's Report
Adoption of Agenda
Reading of Resolutions

9:00 am - State of the Party Address: J.J. Summerell, LPNC Chair

9:15 am - NC Liberty 2020 - Our Strategic Plan, Kenneth Penkowski, Strategic Planning Committee Chair

10:00 am - Break

10:15 am - Business: Bylaws & Convention Rules Committee Report - Brian Irving, Bylaws Committee Chair

Noon - Recess for lunch

Durham political satirist John "Giovanni" Tarantino will perform in the hotel lobby during lunch. (See below to purchase a box lunch).

1:00 pm - “Show Up. Be Nice, Win

Keynote address by Nicholas Sarwark, Libertarian National Committee chair

2:00 pm - “Winning Elections in North Carolina

Panel discussion moderated by Thomas Hohman (chair of the Union County Libertarian Party), with panelists Rachel Mills (campaign manager for Sean Haugh in 2014 and host of the Liberty After Dark podcast), Jason Joyner of NewFrame LLC (campaign manager for J. Wesley Casteen in 2014), and Jonathan David Baird (2014 winner of the election for Soil & Water Conservation Supervisor in Burke County)

3:00 pm - "Lend Me Your Ears" - Candidates' Presentations

3:05 pm - "Lend Me Your Ears" - Issue Allies

Representatives from several potential “issue allies” will offer ideas on how we and they can work together. 

Sarah Preston, ACLU of NC policy director
Miriam Chu, Moore TEA Citizens chair
Wayne Turner, NC Green Party co-chair
Josh McIntyre, NC Stop Torture Now
Peter McCrea, NC Independents
Robert Roland, Republican Liberty Caucus
Jennifer Faulkner, State Board of Elections

4:30 pm - Business: Bylaws & Convention Rules Committee Report (con't)

6:00 pm - Recess

6:30 pm - Gala Banquet

7:30 pm - "Strike While the Ire is Hot"

Banquet speaker: Renowned political analyst John Davis will explain how a confluence of factors may present an opportunity for electoral success for Libertarians and the party needs to be prepared to “Strike While the Ire is Hot.”

So that everyone may hear the banquet speaker, the doors will open to all at 7:30 pm

8:30 pm - After Party with your favorite libertarians.

Sunday, April 12

8:30 am - Registration Open

9:00 am - Convention Reconvenes

Membership Report
Bylaws and Convention Rules Amendments from the floor

10:30 am - Elections

Vice chair
Membership Secretary & Recording Secretary or Secretary (depending on outcome of Bylaws Committee Report)
At-Large Executive Committee Members (8 seats)
Judicial Committee
Other business
- Platform Committee Report

11:55 pm - Closing Remarks – J.J. Summerell, LPNC Chair

12:00 pm - Convention Adjourns

12:30 pm - The new Executive Committee will meet 30 minutes after convention adjourns.


April 10, 2015 at 5pm - April 13, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
4620 S Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703
United States
Google map and directions
Brad Hessel · · 1-919-846-5227

Will you come?

$100.00 Gala Convention Pass (Salmon)
Access to all events (Gala Banquet dinner choice = fish)
$100.00 Gala Convention Pass (Chicken)
Access to all events (Gala Banquet dinner choice = meat)
$100.00 Gala Convention Pass (Pasta Primavera)
Access to all events (Gala Banquet dinner choice = vege)
$75.00 Full Convention Pass
Access to everything except Gala Banquet
$30.00 Gala Banquet (Chicken)
Saturday nite Gala Banquet dinner (meat)
$30.00 Gala Banquet (Pasta Primavera)
Saturday nite Gala Banquet dinner (vege)
$30.00 Gala Banquet (Salmon)
Saturday nite Gala Banquet dinner (fish)
$25.00 Full Convention Pass/Student
Access to everything except Gala Banquet
$15.00 Saturday Boxed Lunch
For anyone who prefers not to leave the hotel on Saturday
$5.00 Business Convention Pass
Access to business sessions & post-Gala speech/auction

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