2014 State Convention

Join 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. The primary business of the convention will be to review the party’s platform, and to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee. We will also hear from our 2014 slate of candidates.


Our 2014 state convention will focus on affiliate development and support for our Libertarian candidates. We will hear from some of them, and hope to also have a special forum featuring the two candidates for our nomination for U.S. Senate: Tim D’Annunzio of Raeford and Sean Haugh of Durham.

D’Annunzio and Haugh will compete in only the second primary in LPNC history.

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.


Wanted: Items 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.


Jay A. Gladieux

NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform

Jay A. Gladieux spent his career in finance and markets in New York and Tokyo until he moved his family Chapel Hill ten year ago to join a firm there. He now spends his time working on issues that he cares about as a member of the board of Common Cause and as a project director for the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform.

 Kevin Innes

Outreach Director

For the last few decades Kevin Innes has been an activist, organizer and trainer in alternative currency, team building and personal development through yoga, meditation and music. He is the Convention Committee Chairman for the second year in succession.

Rachel Mills

Former Ron Paul staffer

Rachel Mills has been involved in libertarian politics since 2001 when she ran for state House and produced the NC Ladies of Liberty calendar as a fundraiser for her campaign and others. From 2007-2012 she served as Congressman Ron Paul’s congressional communications director on Capitol Hill and has an insider’s view of both of Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns.


Friday, April 4

Noon Press Conference – 2014 Libertarian candidates

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

  • Candidate training
  • Access to voter contact data
  • Cloned website
  • Help with media relations and publicity
  • SBoE disclosure reporting service
  • Speech Writing and Delivery
  • Building the Action Team
  • 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
  • SBoE disclosure reporting service
  • LPNC-supported projects: candidate rating
  • LPNC-supported projects: POP

1:45 p.m. End Gerrymandering Now – Jay Gladieux, NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform

2:15 p.m. Five Lessons in Smart Politics from a Ron Paul Campaign Insider – Rachel Mills

2:45 p.m. Platform Committee Report (con’t)

3:30 p.m. Candidate Stump Speeches

3:45 p.m. Recess

4:00 p.m. Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate Forum
Tim D'Annuzio and Sean Haugh
Moderated by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal associate editor
Live stream on the LPNC YouTube Channel

6:30 p.m. Doors open for Gala Banquet

7:30  p.m. Keynote Speaker: T.J. Rohr – Yes You Can – Get Elected and Govern Effectively as a Libertarian

8:15 p.m. Liberty Auction

9:30 After Party

Sunday, April 6

8:00 a.m. Registration opens

8:30 a.m. Convention Reconvenes

  • Membership Secretary’s Report
  • 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. Creating Your Successful Task Force – Kevin Innes

Noon Adjournment

Meeting of LPNC Executive Committee: 30 minutes after adjournment. 

Platform Committee Report

Current Platform

Convention Rules