Elaine Marshall

Elaine Marshall NC Secretary of State

For NC Secretary of State

In 1996, Elaine Marshall became the first woman elected to a statewide executive branch office in North Carolina. She immediately established herself as a competent administrator with an eye toward reform. She has received national recognitions for modernizing the Secretary of State’s office by introducing up to date technology and reducing red tape.

Since taking office, Elaine has cut the costs of doing business in North Carolina—helping small businesses create jobs and enabling free enterprise and capital formation. She has led the effort to reform North Carolina’s lobbying laws. Elaine remains committed to making public information transparent and accessible to businesses, investors and individuals. Her efforts have helped make North Carolina one of the most affordable places in the United States to do business.

The Secretary of State’s office today is a key law enforcement agency protecting consumers, investors, and charitable givers against fraud and scams. Elaine's commitment to protecting investors has led to long prison terms for criminals and has refunded over $1 billion from major Wall Street firms for misrepresentation to North Carolina investors. She also has received international recognition for her efforts protecting trademark holders, eliminating harmful and dangerous counterfeit goods and prosecuting counterfeiters.

In 2015, she served as President of the National Secretaries of State and received the Lillian’s List Courage Award. A longtime member of 4-H, in 2014 she was one of fourteen from across the country who was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

Issues Elaine cares about

As Secretary of state, I’ve worked to cut the red tape for entrepreneurs starting companies, track special interests and the people who lobby for them, prosecute criminals who are masquerading as charities, and crack down on financial fraud—getting serious jail time for crooks.

Customer service is my priority for our office that serves all citizens without regard to if it’s a single individual or a national corporation. I’m proud that we’ve been honored by organizations as diverse as the US Chamber of Commerce, Common Cause, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, UL Laboratories, NFL, NHL, Triangle Business Journal, and NAWBO.

I hope that from what we’ve accomplished, and all we can achieve in the future, I will earn your continued support and your vote in November, 2020.

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