The 55 voting members of North Carolinas delegation to the Republican National Convention include U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers of Dunn and Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk, state Senate leader Phil Berger of Eden and House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius. The following are delegates and alternates from Wake, Durham and Orange counties.
ZANDSTRA "ZAN" BUNN
Occupation: Consultant and chair for the 13th District executive committee. Shes an alternate delegate.
VINCENT "VINNIE" DeBENEDETTO
Residence: Holly Springs
Occupation: Semi-retired real estate broker. Hes also a former town councilman who lost re-election in 2009 by three dozen votes. He also submitted the winning design for the lapel pin that each member of the state GOP delegation will wear in Tampa.
Residence: Chapel Hill
Occupation: Business owner. Shes secretary for the state GOP and a former president of the N.C. Federation of Republican Women. She attended her first convention the 2000 Philadelphia convention as an alternate. This time shes a voting delegate.
Occupation: The lawyer/lobbyist with McGuire Woods in Raleigh represents some of the states biggest special interests. A major GOP donor, he says he wants to see a pro-growth economic policy.
Occupation: Chef, artist and musician who is a member of a couple of area metal bands.
Occupation: Engineer. Was a Ron Paul alternate delegate at the 2008 convention. Hes an alternate this time as well.
Occupation: Owner of the retail chain Variety Wholesalers. Pope is the states most prominent Republican donor, having already given nearly $62,000 this year to the Republican National Committee alone. This is his fourth convention.
CLAUDE POPE JR.
Residence: Bald Head Island and Raleigh
Occupation: Business owner. A distant cousin of Art Pope, he served for 20 months as head of the Wake County GOP before stepping down in 2010. Hes currently writing a novel about Bald Head Island set in part during a hurricane.
Occupation: Lawyer. Hes also a volunteer spokesman for the Republican Party and saw a lot of TV time as a media analyst during the John Edwards trial. He is now pursuing a case against Democratic state Chairman David Parker.
Occupation: The retired professor worked five years in Washington for the Reagan administration for the U.S. Information Agency. Smoot says shes worried about the lack of leadership. Shes an alternate delegate this convention.
Occupation: Lawyer with Stark Law Group in Chapel Hill and a former chairman of the Durham County Republican Party.
Occupation: Software developer for UNC Health Care. A Ron Paul supporter, hes headed to Tampa as an alternate delegate.
Occupation: Full-time volunteer. The founding president of the Northern Wake Republican Club ran unsuccessfully for the Wake County school board last year.