meckpaclogoCHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local LGBT rights group has announced a slate of new leaders on its steering committee while thanking a long-time leader who has decided to step down.

The Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) said goodbye to long-time committee member Phil Hargett last week. After nine years of service, Hargett has decided to step down.

Hargett joined the committee in 2005 and served as co-chair and chair of the organization through March 2010. During that time, he was instrumental in leading the organization to push local schools to adopt a comprehensive anti-bullying policy in March 2008. In December 2009, Hargett and other MeckPAC committee members advocated successfully for domestic partner benefits for Mecklenburg County workers. And, in April 2010, MeckPAC worked successfully with former Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton to add sexual orientation to his human resources and personnel policies.

MeckPAC said Hargett’s leadership contributed to significant fundraising increases.

“MeckPAC would like to recognize and thank Phil for his many years of service to this organization,” the group said in a release. “Under his leadership, MeckPAC has made great strides in LGBT equality and inclusion for Charlotte-Mecklenburg employees, students and citizens.”

Though no longer on the committee, Hargett will continue to advise the group.

Scott Bishop, who became chair in late 2011, will continue as chair in a second two-year term on the committee. Jerry Ancrum continues as vice-chair and Larry Ferri as treasurer. Roberta Dunn will also continue as an at-large committee member.

Three new committee members — Sarah Demarest, Jamie Hildreth and Crystal Richardson — have been added to the body.

MeckPAC is Charlotte’s and Mecklenburg County’s local LGBT advocacy organization. The group works to educate elected officials and advocate for LGBT-inclusive policy changes. The group also reviews and endorses LGBT-friendly candidates at the local level.

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Matt Comer

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