Ken Fortenberry, a retired journalist, is a Libertarian candidate for governor in 2016.
He is running to end the war on drugs, lower the legal drinking age to 18, and reduce – and eventually eliminate – the state personal income tax.
Fortenberry, 63, edited the Lake Norman newspaper, news@norman, before it merged with the Denver Weekly earlier this year. He previously ran small papers in about a half dozen southern states. He ran in a 2012 Republican Congressional primary against U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry.
Libertarians have consistently run in statewide races over the years, but have low single-digit percentages at the polls.
Incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper are raising money for the 2016 governor’s race. Democrat Ken Spaulding of Durham, a former state representative, is running.