Brad Crone is president of Campaign Connections, a Raleigh-based public affairs and political consulting firm. Mr. Crone has more than 30 years of experience in media, messaging and political strategy. He was the state’s first desk-top newspaper publisher of The Clayton Star, former publisher of The Thomasville Times and has operated his own consulting firm since 1991. He worked his way through NC State University as a reporter and editor at WPTF AM 680. Then worked as deputy press secretary for D.M. “Lauch” Faircloth in his 1984 gubernatorial campaign and as a special assistant to NC Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Graham. Mr. Crone holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from NC State University with additional studies at Mount Olive College. He is a Methodist. Longleaf Pine political blog named Mr. Crone as one of the top 10 political consultants in NC you needed to know. He has worked on more than 400 campaigns across the state during his career.