Libertarian state convention starts Friday in RTP

04/03/2014 1:53 PM

08/05/2014 6:51 PM

The state Libertarian Party convention starts Friday, bringing party candidates for U.S. Senate, the legislature, and county commissioner boards to the Triangle.

This is a big year for Libertarians in North Carolina. The party has two candidates facing off in the U.S. Senate primary: Tim D'Annunzio of Raeford, who twice tried for the U.S. House as a Republican, and Sean Haugh of Durham, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2002. This is only the second primary in the state party’s history, said spokesman Brian Irving, and the first since its 2000 primary for governor.

D’Annunzio and Haugh will participate in a forum at 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4620 S. Miami Blvd. in Research Triangle Park. Barry Smith of the Carolina Journal will moderate.

Libertarian candidates for federal, state and local offices will appear at a press conference Friday at noon.

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