North Carolina-Lon Cecil-October 20

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 20

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

On Tuesday evening I turned on the TV to catch the NC Governor debate and learned their were three people running for governor. The picture came on and I saw a gentleman talking about what he would do as governor.  The man was not Roy Cooper or Pat McCrory the only two people I thought were running for Governor of North Carolina. After a few minutes of viewing it became clear who I saw was Lon Cecil the Libertarian candidate for Governor of North Carolina. I had no idea who he was or that he was a candidate. Probably not a good thing if you don’t have any name awareness if you are trying to win an election.

For the record (l-r) Lon Cecil, Roy Cooper, and Pat McCrory at Tuesday debate aired on WRAL-TV.


Lon Cecil is 70 years old and was born in Ada, Oklahoma. He currently lives in High Point, NC. He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He served in the US Army and did a tour of Vietnam from 1969-1971.

Lon Cecil has lived in North Carolina for about 20 years. He was quoted in July Raleigh N&O as saying

his main objectives would be to attract businesses to North Carolina, increase access to employment opportunities and minimize tax increases.”

Later on in the article Lon said he would be happy if he received 10% or higher of the vote. Hopefully Tuesday  debate helped with some name recognition. I am not sure he is going to see 10% but if he does I know who he is thanks to the debate.


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