- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

FULL NAME: Lon Vernon Cecil.

AGE: Cecil will be 70 on Sunday. Born Oct. 30, 1946 in Ada, Oklahoma. Moved to North Carolina in 1990s and lives in High Point.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Oklahoma State University, 1971, attended business school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

OCCUPATION: Consultant for company marketing electronic signs in back windows of automobiles. He was an electronics engineer for 25 years, developing consumer products for homes, cars and cellphones, and previously worked in the radio and television industry. He is an U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran.

PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ran unsuccessfully for 12th Congressional District seat in 2010, losing to then-U.S. Rep. Mel Watt.

FAMILY: Widower; his wife died in 2009.

CAMPAIGN UPSHOT: Cecil is keeping to Libertarian principles of extremely limited government and taxation. State government should address environmental concerns such as coal ash and ensure public school funding goes to improve classrooms and instruction, he says, but school choice, including private schools and homeschooling, should also be embraced for students who don’t perform well in conventional settings. He also supports permitting marijuana use for medical purposes, saying it could also provide a revenue stream for the state.

WEBSITE: https://www.electcecil.org/

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