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September Raleigh Poll Luncheon


Please join the Civitas Institute on September 27 in Raleigh for our monthly poll presentation. Our polling examines voter opinion on the most significant and current issues such as government spending, state debt, health care, energy, social policy, election reform, and much more. Additionally, we measure approval ratings for national and state leaders, allowing attendees to gauge voter sentiment on elected officials.

Our guest commentator will be Art Pope.

James Arthur “Art” Pope is an American businessman, public servant, and philanthropist and serves on the Board of directors of the Civitas Institute.

From 1982 to 1984, Pope was in a general law practice as an associate attorney for the law firm of Skvarla, Boles, Wyrick and From, located in Raleigh, NC. In 1984, Pope took a leave of absence from the law firm to work as the Director of Organization for the Jim Martin for Governor [of North Carolina] Campaign. In 1985, Pope served as a Special Counsel to Governor Jim Martin of North Carolina.

In 1986, Pope joined family owned Variety Wholesalers, which operates over 400 retail stores in 15 states and employs approximately 7,000 people. Since 2006 he has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Pope also has had a distinguished public service career, serving four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, from 1989 to 1992 and 1999 to 2002. He is also president of the John William Pope Foundation, a philanthropic foundation named after his father which is a major contributor to the Civitas Institute.

Pope grew up in the small-town of Fuquay Springs (later renamed Fuquay Varina), North Carolina. In the early 1960s his family moved to Raleigh, NC. Pope graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. with Honors in Political Science in 1978. He went on to receive his J.D. in 1981 from Duke University School of Law. Pope is married to his wife Kathy and they have a blended family of three children.

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