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House GOP caucus hires seasoned director

State House Republicans on Tuesday announced the hiring of a caucus director, Jim Burton, in anticipation of next year’s elections.

The announcement followed an afternoon meeting of the caucus at N.C. GOP headquarters in Raleigh.

“Jim’s wealth of experience and track record will be valuable to our team of candidates,” Rep. Charles Jeter, a Republican from Huntersville who as the conference chair will supervise Burton, said in a statement. “I’m confident working with Jim we will be successful in recruiting, training, and making sure our message is resonating with voters to ensure we have a larger and stronger caucus in 2017.”

Burton has extensive political experience. He was a partner with Public Opinion Strategies, a national Republican polling and consulting firm. He worked in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration, was executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, and worked on campaigns in 42 states, according to the GOP. Last year he worked for Juan Carlos Varela’s successful presidential campaign in Panama.

“I’m looking forward to the elections in North Carolina and the opportunity to work closely with Rep. Jeter, his colleagues, and the candidates to make sure they are prepared. The presidential election will have an impact on the campaigns; it is my job to make sure the House candidates are ready for battle,” Burton said in the release.