Elaine Marshall

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Elaine Marshall
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North Carolina Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
2017
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJanice Faulkner
Compensation
Base salary$123,198
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,990,034
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senate
1993-1996
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland (1968)
J.D.Campbell University School of Law (1981)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 18, 1945
Place of birthLineboro, Maryland
ProfessionLawyer, teacher
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Elaine F. Marshall (born November 18, 1945 in Lineboro, Maryland) is the current Democratic Secretary of State of North Carolina. First elected to the position in 1996, she is the first woman to be elected North Carolina secretary of state and the first woman elected to statewide executive office in North Carolina. In that race she defeated NASCAR legend Richard Petty, who had initially been seen as virtually unbeatable.[1]

One of her main issue since taking office has been the protection of copyrights and deterring counterfeit goods. She has also focused on reducing the cost of doing business for companies and individuals and improving information technology.[1]

Marshall won a fifth term in office in 2012.[2] She defeated Chowan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ed Goodwin (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Marshall began her career as a home economics teacher. She has been involved with the Democratic Party activity since the 1970s. In 1991 she became chair of the Harnett County Democratic Party and went on to serve in the North Carolina State Senate from 1993 to 1996.[3]

Biography

Marshall was born and raised in Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate education, receiving a B.S. in Home Economics in 1968. She spent the following year teaching in the Lenoir County School System. She juggled three jobs in the 1970s running a book and gift store (1969-74), teaching at the Lenoir Community College and Johnston Tech Community College (1970-7), and simultaneously served as the owner and decorator of the Custom House (1975-9).[4]

The future secretary of state began her involvement in politics during this period. She was named National Committee Woman for the Young Democrats of North Carolina organization in 1974. She remained in that role until 1977, when she became National Secretary for the Young Democrats of America.

Marshall earned her J.D. in 1981 from Campbell University School of Law, where she later became an adjunct faculty member for the Trial Advocacy Program (from 1982 to 1984). She launched her legal career immediately upon graduation, taking a job in Harnett County as an associate for the office of Edgar R. Bain. She practiced law there for three years while also building political momentum as the president of the Democratic Women's Committee. She served as President for four years, and then as the county’s Democratic Party Chairwoman, beginning in 1991.[4]

Marshall has served as a partner for two law firms – Bain & Marshall from 1985 to 1992 and Marshall & Marshall from 1993 to 1997.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, University of Maryland (1968) in textiles and clothing
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Campbell University School of Law (1981)
  • Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Campbell University, Lees-McRae College and Meredith College.

Political career

Secretary of State (1996-present)

Issues

  • Global Warming

On the controversial issue of climate change, Marshall refused to comment on the new legislative bill being introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) that would reduce carbon emissions up to twenty percent in the next forty years. She cautioned members of Congress not to take drastic action until all of the facts are in:

Climate change was something to which the government should pay attention, but it might be too early to take large steps. We have got to have good sound science before we start spending money.[5][6]

North Carolina State Senate (1993-1996)

In 1993, Marshall was elected to serve the people of the 15th Congressional District in the North Carolina State Senate.

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina secretary of state election, 2012

Marshall ran unopposed in the Democratic primary contest. She successfully defended her seat against Chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners Ed Goodwin (R) in the November 6th general election.

North Carolina Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Marshall Incumbent 53.8% 2,331,173
     Republican Ed Goodwin 46.2% 2,003,026
Total Votes 4,334,199
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


Issues

  • Economy

Marshall's campaign focused heavily on fostering job growth and a friendlier, more open climate for investors and oft-exploited groups such as the elderly in the state of North Carolina. In service of the statewide push to crack down on business identity theft through closer monitoring and greater transparency of information, Marshall initiated the office's creation of an online database for enabling potential investors to personally vet state enterprises. She boasts the office's successful restoring of "$1 billion to North Carolina investors since 2009 and shutting down of operations selling about $11 million in counterfeit goods" in the last year. She referred to the latter fight, against counterfeit of trademark goods, as her "personal mission."[7]

Endorsements

  • Equality NC Action Fund[8]
  • Charlotte Observer[9]

2010

United States Senate
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Elections, 2010
Primary election dates, 2010

Marshall first ran for the United States Senate in 2002. She was defeated in the Democratic primary by Erskine Bowles, White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton. In September 2009, she filed paperwork to make what would become her second unsuccessful bid for a congressional office, this time challenging Republican incumbent Richard Burr for his Senate seat.[10] Despite the longtime North Carolina Secretary of State competing against three other challengers, including former State Senator Cal Cunningham and attorney Ken Lewis, for the Democratic nomination in the primary contest on May 4, 2010, she held a substantial lead over her opponents six months prior to the primary election date.[11]

Another survey conducted around that same time showed Burr leading Marshall by eight percentage points in a head-to-head matchup. No incumbent has won re-election to North Carolina's Classe 3 Senate seat since 1968.[12] Further polling data, provided by Survey USA, demonstrated that, in spite of Marshall securing the Democratic nomination, the wind was clearly at Burr's back: Out of 1,100 likely voters interviewed, fifty percent said they supported Burr with forty percent siding with Marshall, and only five percent suggested that they remained undecided in the race.[13][14][15]

Even though Elaine Marshall received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by North Carolina state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.

United States Senate, Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Marshall 36.3% 154,605
Green check mark transparent.pngCal Cunningham 27.2% 115,851
Ken Lewis 17% 72,510
Marcus W. Williams 8.5% 35,984
Susan Harris 7% 29,738
Ann Worthy 3.9% 16,655
Total Votes 425,343


United States Senate, Democratic Primary Runoff Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Marshall 60% 95,390
Cal Cunningham 40% 63,691
Total Votes 159,081


United States Senate, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Elaine Marshall 43% 1,145,074
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Burr 54.8% 1,458,046
     Libertarian Michael Beitler 2.1% 55,687
     Write-In Various 0% 1,272
Total Votes 2,660,079

2008

  • 2008 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
    • Elaine Marshall ran unopposed in this contest
North Carolina Secretary of State, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine F. Marshall Incumbent 56.8% 2,316,903
     Republican Jack Sawyer 43.2% 1,762,928
Total Votes 4,079,831
Election Results Via: North Carolina State Board of Elections

2004

North Carolina Secretary of State, Democratic Primary, 2004
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElaine F. Marshall Incumbent 80.6% 327,848
Doris A. Sanders 19.4% 78,953
Total Votes 406,801
Election Results Via:North Carolina State Board of Elections.


North Carolina Secretary of State, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine F. Marshall Incumbent 57.3% 1,911,585
     Republican Jay Rao 42.7% 1,423,109
Total Votes 3,334,694
Election Results Via: North Carolina State Board of Elections

2000

  • 2000 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
    • Elaine Marshall ran unopposed in this contest
North Carolina Secretary of State, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Marshall Incumbent 54.4% 1,512,076
     Republican Harris Durham Blake 45.6% 1,265,654
Total Votes 2,777,730
Election Results Via: North Carolina State Board of Elections


1996

North Carolina Secretary of State, 1996
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Marshall 53.5% 1,333,994
     Republican Richard Petty 45.2% 1,126,701
     Libertarian Lewis B. Guignard 0.8% 20,734
     NL Stephen Richter 0.5% 12,896
Total Votes 2,494,325
Election Results Via: North Carolina State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Marshall is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Marshall raised a total of $1,990,034 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[16]

Elaine Marshall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NC Secretary of State Won $687,284
2010 NC Secretary of State Not up for election $1,596
2008 NC Secretary of State Won $228,039
2006 NC Secretary of State Not up for election $8,296
2004 NC Secretary of State Won $353,134
2000 NC Secretary of State Won $365,124
1996 NC Secretary of State Won $346,561
Grand Total Raised $1,990,034

2012

Marshall won re-election to the position of North Carolina Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Marshall raised a total of $687,284.

1996-2008

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Elaine Marshall's donors each year.[17] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Elaine Marshall currently resides in Harnett County, North Carolina. She has been married twice - first to Solomon Marshall and then to Bill Holdford; both died as a result of cancer.[18] She has no biological children, but has five stepchildren and seven grandchildren. She is a practicing Methodist, belonging to the Divine Street Methodist Church located in Dunn, North Carolina.[4]





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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
North Carolina

NC Secretary of State
Post Office Box 29622
Raleigh NC 27626-0622

Phone: (919) 807-2005
Fax: (919) 807-2039
E-mail: gjeter@mail.secstate.state.nc.us

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elaine Marshall for U.S. Senate, " Get to know Elaine," accessed August 7, 2013
  2. Politics1.com, "North Carolina," accessed February 16, 2012
  3. Triangle Business Journal, "Elaine Marshall, North Carolina secretary of state," February 16, 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, "Elaine Marshall Bio," accessed July 18, 2012
  5. Right Angles, "Elaine Marshall a Global Warming Skeptic?" 5 Oct. 2009
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. Blue Ridge Times, "Secretary of state notes more ventures as recession fades out," May 25, 2012
  8. QNotes, "Statewide candidate endorsements announced," September 26, 2012
  9. Charlotte Observer, "Our Council of State endorsements, part 1," October 17, 2012
  10. News Observer, "Marshall running for U.S. Senate" 9 Sept. 2009
  11. National Journal, "NC: 2010 Sen Primary (Marshall 11/23-24)" 1 Dec. 2009
  12. John W. Pope Civitas Institute "Civitas Poll: Burr Leads Marshall by 8" 15 Dec. 2009
  13. Survey USA "North Carolina Incumbent Republican Senator Narrowly Atop Marshall in Re-Elect Try" 26 June, 2010
  14. Hot Air, "Survey USA poll puts Burr up 10 in NC Senate race" 26 June, 2010
  15. North Carolina State Board of Elections - 2010 Primary Election Results
  16. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Elaine Marshall," May 20, 2013
  17. Follow the Money.org
  18. News Observer, "Sec. of state's husband dies" 29 Nov. 2009
  19. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, "N.C. Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall receives Eta State Founders Award" 14 May, 2007


Political offices
Preceded by
Janice Faulkner
North Carolina Secretary of State
1996–present
Succeeded by
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