In recent months, former governor Jim Hunt and his longtime aide and official biographer Gary Pearce hit the familiar campaign trail one more time to sign copies of Jim Hunt. Since 1975, Pearce has worked as Hunt’s press secretary, speechwriter, political/policy adviser, campaign co-director, and campaign consultant through five statewide campaigns, including four successful gubernatorial elections. They will hold the final appearance in their current campaign on Tuesday, January 11 at 5 p.m. at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines.
On February 7-8, Governor Hunt will lead the 26th Annual Emerging Issues Forum. The Institute for Emerging Issues, which is chaired by Hunt, is a public-policy “think-and-do” tank that convenes leaders from business, non-profit organizations, government, and higher education to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the state’s future. The upcoming forum focusing on healthcare issues will showcase the best innovations and ideas for how to deliver better health care, lower costs, and create new, higher-paying jobs. For more information about the institute and the forum, see www.emergingissues.org.