Libertarians Celebrate 40th Anniversary

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina will celebrate its 40th anniversary during their annual state convention April 22 to 24 at Raleigh's Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley Mall.

Arlan Andrews, the party's first gubernatorial candidate, will be the guest of honor. Andrews is now a renowned futurist and science fiction writer. He was the party's standard-bearer in 1976.

“We've also invited as many of the party's founders as we could find,” said J.J. Summerell, party chair.

“We hope to hear them share their stories about the LPNC back in the '70s and our ultimately successful struggles to attain ballot access in North Carolina.”

“But mostly we'll be looking forward to how we can achieve our vision of a free, peaceful, and prosperous North Carolina where every individual has the opportunity to pursue his or her unique vision of a rewarding and enriching life,” Summerell said.

There will a candidate forum Saturday afternoon featuring several of the candidates for the Libertarian presidential nomination. A second forum will feature the libertarian candidates for candidates for U.S. Senate, governor, and lieutenant governor, as well as several General Assembly candidates.

Convention business sessions will include consideration of revisions to the party platform, election of delegates to the Libertarian National Convention to be held in Orlando May 27-30, and filling vacancies on the state executive committee.

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Libertarian Presidential Candidates Clash in NC-Based Debate

RALEIGH (March 8) – Six of the leading contenders for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President participated in an online debate sponsored by the Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) and hosted by UNC-TV last night. Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, Steve Kerbel, Darryl Perry, Jack Robinson, and John Mcafee each took turns outlining their respective proposals and, occasionally, mixing it up over their differences in response to a series of policy questions posed by moderator Barry Smith of the Carolina Journal.

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Five Libertarian Presidential Candidates to Debate

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina announced the participants in the presidential candidates debate scheduled for March 7.  

Five of the 11 candidates who'll appear on the March 15 primary ballot have been invited to participate. They are the top five finishers in an online straw poll conducted by the LPNC: Gary Johnson of New Mexico, Steven Kerbel of Colorado, Darryl W. Perry of New Hampshire, Austin Petersen of Missouri, and Jack Robinson of South Carolina.

This is the only North Carolina-based presidential debate to be held prior to the primary election. It will be conducted via webcast on Google Hangouts On Air from 9 to 10:30 p.m. EST.

To watch the debate online, go to

Carolina Journal Associate Editor Barry Smith will moderate the debate from a location in Raleigh. Candidates will participate from locations across the nation.

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