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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The leader of a conservative-leaning political organization in North Carolina is the next president of a like-minded think tank.

The Raleigh-based Civitas Institute announced Monday that Donald Bryson next week will succeed Francis De Luca, who is stepping down from the job after several years. Bryson has been North Carolina state director of Americans for Prosperity since 2014 and previously worked as a field coordinator.

Civitas has been around for a decade and has focused on promoting school choice and lower taxes, while tracking voting records of elected officials.

Both Civitas and Americans for Prosperity have ties to Raleigh philanthropist and businessman Art Pope. Pope previously served on the national board of Americans for Prosperity, while a foundation he chairs and named for his father has helped fund Civitas.