Former NM governor to speak in Raleigh

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will speak at an event sponsored by the state Republican Liberty Caucus August 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clarion Hotel on Hillsborough St.

Johnson is an outspoken advocate for limited government, lower taxes, protection of civil liberties, and promoting entrepreneurship and free enterprise. The speaking event is free and open to the public.

As governor Johnson was known for his common-sense business approach to governing. He eliminated New Mexico’s budget deficit, cut the rate of growth in state government in half and privatized half of the state prisons. Johnson also shifted state Medicaid to managed care by creating a previously nonexistent statewide healthcare network. He reduced state employees by over 1,000 without firing anyone.

During his two terms, Johnson vetoed 750 bills, more than the combined vetoes of all the state governors at the time. He also used his line-item veto power thousands of times. Under Johnson’s leadership, New Mexico experienced the longest period without a tax increase in the state’s history.

Johnson had no prior political experience when he defeated the Democratic incumbent Bruce King in 1994. He entered politics following a successful business career. While attending the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, earned money as a door-to-door handyman. His success led him to start his own construction company, Big J Enterprise, in 1976.

By 1994, Johnson grew the company into a multimillion dollar corporation employing more than 1,000. When he sold the company four years later, no employee lost their job and the company remains successful.

The Republican Liberty Caucus of North Carolina is a grassroots organization working to advance the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise within the Republican Party and throughout North Carolina.

What to know:

Address by Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM)
Monday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Clarion Hotel
320 Hillsborough St
Raleigh NC 27603

The RLC will a private meet-and-greet reception following the speech. Register and pay for this event here.

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