New Political Director

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina Executive Committee appointed Bjorn Pedersonof Durham as Political Director. He replaces Erik Raudesep, who had to step down from that position because of a business opportunity. Raudesep remains an at-large member of the Executive Committee.

Ken Penkowsi of Raleigh was appointed to fill a vacant at-large position on the EC.

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Public-Private Partnership Is Not Privatization

by Brian Irving
LPNC Communications Director

Leaving aside the observation that the term “public-private” partnership is an oxymoron, the fact is that such an arrangement is merely a cover for corporate welfare.

The proposal by Gov. Pat McCrory's Department of Commerce to “privatize” several functions is a case in point. Republicans either are afraid to stand up for the values they supposedly believe in, or do not understand what “private” means. (“Speed, sweep of NC Commerce restructuring raise concerns,” News & Observer, Dec. 6)

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Hessel Appointed Executive Director

brad_hessel.jpgThe Executive Committee appointed Brad Hessel as Executive Director, filling a key vacancy in party leadership left by the departure of Jason Melehani. Hessel has operated a Raleigh-based knowledge management consulting practice since 1999. He became involved in the Libertarian Party as a Gary Johnson volunteer in 2012, and is now treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Wake County.

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