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Mike Beitler

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Mike Beitler
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Secretary of State of North Carolina
Former Candidate
Bachelor'sB.S. University of Central Florida (1976)
Master'sM.A. Norwich University (1994)
Ph.D.PhD The Union Institute (1997)
ProfessionProfessor, Author
Personal website
(timed out) Campaign website
Dr. Mike Beitler is a former Republican candidate for North Carolina Secretary of State. He was defeated in the primary election on May 8. 2012. Beitler is a business professor at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, consultant, and author.[1]


  • BS- Finance/Economics from the University of Central Florida (1976)
  • MA- Psychology from Norwich University (1994)
  • PhD- Leadership Development from the Union Institute (1997)


See also: North Carolina secretary of state election, 2012


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.[2] 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.[3]

North Carolina Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Goodwin 35.9% 246,641
Green check mark transparent.pngKenn Gardner 29.8% 204,630
Mike Beitler 24.2% 166,061
AJ Daoud 10% 68,834
Total Votes 686,166
Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.

Issue positions


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."[4]

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.[5]


  • Independent Weekly[6]


He represented the Libertarian party as a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010.[7]

2010 Race for United States Senate - General Election[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Richard Burr 54.8%
     Democratic Party Elaine F. Marshall 43.0%
     Libertarian Party Michael Beitler 2.1%
Total Votes 2,662,424


He resides in Oak Hill, Guilford County, with his wife, Danielle Beitler, and three children.


North Carolina

Campaign contact:

Phone: 336-681-6069

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