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Ed Goodwin

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Ed Goodwin
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Candidate for
Secretary of State of North Carolina
Prior offices
Chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners
High schoolJohn A. Holmes High School
Bachelor'sEast Carolina University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1972-1976
Date of birthSeptember 4, 1952
Place of birthEdenton, North Carolina
ProfessionInspector, Farmer
Personal website
Campaign website
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Ed Goodwin (born September 4, 1952 in Edenton, North Carolina) was the 2012 Republican candidate for North Carolina Secretary of State. He lost to Democratic incumbent Elaine Marshall in the general election on November 6.

Goodwin previously served as the Chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners from 2008-2012.


Goodwin was born in Edenton and grew up on his family's farm. After graduating from John A. Holmes High School, he attended East Carolina University. Before he could finish his degree, he was drafted and later enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1972. After four years of service, he was honorably discharged and received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal for Heroism. Goodwin eventually returned to East Carolina University, receiving a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 1981.[1]

In 1983, Goodwin began his career as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He was an INF Nuclear Arms Treaty Inspector in the former Soviet Union from 1989-1992. He retired in 2004 after 23 years and moved to his hometown to start his own farm.


  • John A. Holmes High School
  • Bachelor's degree, Criminal Justice, East Carolina University (1981)

Political Career

Chowan County Commissioner 2008 - 2012

Upon returning to his hometown, Goodwin decided to enter into politics. He chose to run for election to the Chowan County Commission. He ran successfully in 2008 and served until 2012.[1] He did not run for re-election in 2012 due to his bid for North Carolina Secretary of Sate. His term as commissioner ended on December 4, 2012.



See also: North Carolina secretary of state election, 2012

Goodwin ran for North Carolina Secretary of State in 2012. He was defeated by incumbent Elaine Marshall (D) in the November 6, 2012 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.

  • Primary Runoff- July 17, 2012 Republican primary runoff

Goodwin defeated Gardner in the primary runoff contest on July 17, 2012, earning 54.5% of the party's vote.[2]

North Carolina Secretary of State - Republican Primary Runoff, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Goodwin 54.5% 74,252
Kenn Gardner 45.5% 62,044
Total Votes 136,296
Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.

  • Primary- May 8, 2012 Republican primary race

Goodwin received more votes than his three opponents - Mike Beitler, Kenn Gardner, and AJ Daoud - in the Republican Primary election for North Carolina Secretary of State on May 8, 2012. However, according to a new North Carolina law, a single candidate must receive 40% of the primary vote to secure the party's nomination, and Goodwin finished just shy with 35.9%. As a result, he faced Gardner, the second highest vote-getter, in a runoff election on July 17 to determine who would go on to face incumbent Elaine Marshall (D) in the general election.[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

  • Healthcare

Goodwin opposes President Obama's healthcare overhaul. He believes healthcare should be dealt with in the private sector. Specifically, he proposes allowing business owners to use pre-tax income to purchase healthcare for employees to ease the strain of healthcare costs on small businesses today.[4]

  • Jobs

Based on his experiences as a former business owner, Goodwin believes the secret to boosting the local economy and spurring job growth is to cut taxes and reduce the involvement of government. "Our current corporate taxes and government regulations are resulting in lost opportunities to attract new business and expand current ones," he said on his campaign website.[4]

  • Abortion

Goodwin is pro-life.[4]

  • Gay Marriage

Goodwin supports the traditionalist view of marriage as being a union meant for one man and one woman. He supports North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.[4]

Campaign donors


Goodwin lost the election to the position of North Carolina Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Goodwin raised a total of $115,216.


Goodwin currently resides on his family farm in Edenton with his wife, Lori. The couple has been married since 1981. They have one biological and two adopted sons.

Contact information

North Carolina

Office contact: Edward "Eddy" C. Goodwin
1015 Macedonia Rd.
Edenton, NC 27932

Phone:(252) 619-2760

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