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Amy Lazenby has been named associate opinion editor at FITSNews. She has been a freelance writer, a regular columnist for this site for several months and will continue to contribute regular opinion pieces. She writes with a liberal world view on most issues, but enjoys exploring where the liberal and libertarian political axes intersect.

“Amy is a gifted thinker, a great writer and, most importantly, a genuinely good person,” FITS founding editor Will Folks said in making the announcement. “We are grateful for her willingness to contribute at this level. Obviously this website will continue to unapologetically advance the ideals of individual liberty and free market economics, but if the last decade has taught us anything it’s that traditional definitions of ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ are no longer accurate barometers when it comes to these founding principles.”

In fact among Lazenby’s most widely read columns on FITS (so far) was one in which she stated her support for more market-based parental choices … and she has written several pieces promoting individual liberty in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and, more recently, the Obama administration’s Orwellian domestic spying efforts.

A Palmetto State native who has lived in Sumter, Columbia and Spartanburg, S.C., Lazenby graduated summa cum laude (with Phi Beta Kappa distinction) from Wofford College in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. She is a wife, mother of three, and small business owner with her husband who currently resides in Athens, Georgia but retains strong ties to her South Carolina roots, where her small business is based. She enjoys running, raising money for brain cancer research, and cheering for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team.

The addition of Lazenby to our stable is one of several expansions FITS has planned for 2013. Stay tuned for more information on that …

In the meantime, follow Amy on Twitter @Mrs_Laz and email her at amy@fitsnews.com.

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