|Secretary of State of North Carolina|
|Bachelor's||B.S. University of Central Florida (1976)|
|Master's||M.A. Norwich University (1994)|
|Ph.D.||PhD The Union Institute (1997)|
|(timed out) Campaign website|
- BS- Finance/Economics from the University of Central Florida (1976)
- MA- Psychology from Norwich University (1994)
- PhD- Leadership Development from the Union Institute (1997)
Beitler faced AJ Daoud, Kenn Gardner, and Ed Goodwin in the May 8th Republican Primary election for secretary of state. He finished third, ahead of Daoud. According to a new North Carolina law, a single candidate must receive a minimum of 40% of the total vote to secure the party's nomination. The vote was split between the four candidates during the May 8 primary such that no candidate received the required share, leading the top two vote-getters - Ed Goodwin and Kenn Gardner - into a runoff election on July 17. One month after his primary elimination, Beitler endorsed Gardner for the runoff election. In Beitler's statement of endorsement, which was released on Gardner's campaign facebook page, he invited North Carolina's Republican voters to join him in supporting Gardner's continuing pursuit of the party's nomination for secretary of state. “Kenn is the clear choice, with a record of creating jobs in Wake County and reducing government spending he is a strong business advocate for our state,” Beitler wrote of his one-time opponent.
|North Carolina Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2012|
|Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.|
Beitler made a campaign appearance at the state's Republican Party's Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, at which he expressed his party-line opposition to giving cash incentives to companies that bring jobs to North Carolina and maintaining the "high" business tax rates he believes are responsible for North Carolina's poor ranking--it's 44th in the nation--in the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index's "Most business friendly states."
He conceded to the necessity of certain regulations, but not those that have proven to drive up costs to the disadvantage of regular people. “I’m not anti-regulation – obviously we need some regulation – but if it doesn’t help customers … let’s get rid of it,” he said.
- Independent Weekly
|2010 Race for United States Senate - General Election|
|Republican Party||Richard Burr||54.8%|
|Democratic Party||Elaine F. Marshall||43.0%|
|Libertarian Party||Michael Beitler||2.1%|
He resides in Oak Hill, Guilford County, with his wife, Danielle Beitler, and three children.
- North Carolina Secretary of State
- Current Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
- North Carolina secretary of state election, 2012
- Beitler on Facebook
- Official Campaign Website (timed out)
- Secretary of state candidate talks jobs in Shelby visit, March 16, 2012 (dead link)
- Beitler for NC, "Meet Dr. Mike," accessed February 16, 2012
- Clarity Elections-North Carolina, "Results," May 9, 2012
- Kenn Gardner for NC Secretary of State-Facebook, "Mike Beitler endorses Kenn Gardner for Secretary of State," June 7, 2012
- Shelby Star, "Secretary of state candidate talks jobs in Shelby visit," accessed March 16, 2012 (dead link)
- The Charlotte Observer, "Republicans want to make secretary of state a business diplomat," May 1, 2012 (dead link)
- Independent Weekly, "2012 Primary Endorsements," April 18, 2012
- Politics1.com, "North Carolina," accessed February 16, 2012
- The New York Times, "2010 elections results," accessed February 16, 2012