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Libertarian US Senate candidates to meet in forum at state convention

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The Libertarian Party of North Carolina's annual state convention in Durham April 4-6 will feature a special candidate forum with the two contenders for the party's U.S. Senate nomination April 5 at 4 p.m.

Tim D’Annunzio of Raeford and Sean Haugh of Durham will compete in only the second primary in Libertarian Party history May 6. The first Libertarian primary was in 2000 in the governor’s race.

D’Annunzio was the Republican nominee for U.S Congress in District 4 in 2012, losing to incumbent Democrat David Price. Haugh was the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in 2002, and is a former party executive director.

The convention will convene April 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the Hilton Garden Inn, 4620 S. Miami Blvd., Durham and end at noon April 6. The primary business of the convention will be to review the party’s platform, and to fill vacancies on the executive committee.

“This year, our focus will be on putting Liberty in Action,” said Kevin Innes, convention chairman. “We'll focus on affiliate development and support for our Libertarian candidates.”

“The Libertarian approach to political change is to take action to create policies, procedures and laws that dramatically decrease taxes, shrink government and return money and authority back to each individual,”Innes said. “Big government is the disease; small government is the cure.”

Several affiliate support and skills workshops will be held Friday afternoon. During Saturday's lunch break, LPNC Executive Director Brad Hessel will talk about start-up funding, voter data, social media tips, websites, State Board of Elections report filings, email mining and the Pyramid Outreach Project being undertaken by the Wake County affiliate.

In addition to D’Annunzio and Haugh, 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; John Martin, Macon County Commissioner District 2; Jeremy Hussey, Randolph County Commissioner District 4, and; Ginny Godfrey and Richard Evey, both running for Burke County Commissioner.

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