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E.C. is a man of strong faith, husband, father, and leader. He and Susan, his wife of 33 years, have two children, Matthew and Carolyn, and three grandchildren. As a successful business leader, E.C. knows better than anyone how to help hard-working families of North Carolina. Where career politicians have failed, E.C. will succeed by bringing transparency and efficiency to our state government with commonsense policies like honoring the rule of law, cutting waste, limiting the size of government, and restoring citizens’ confidence in our government.

North Carolina’s values are strongly ingrained in E.C. through his family, which traces their history back 300 years in North Carolina. He was born in Durham, and only two blocks away was baptized at the age of seven. His first job was selling home-grown tomatoes door-to-door, and he earned half of his first car by priming tobacco in Warren County. He and his wife graduated high school from Northern Durham, and they both graduated from North Carolina State University. To pay for tuition at NC State, E.C. worked first as an electrician and later as a co-op student. While working full time as an engineering manager in a data communications company, E.C. obtained his Masters in Management by taking evening courses.

E.C. passionately supports conservative principles, such as limited government, sanctity of life and religious liberty. He is a strong supporter of pro-life and pregnancy resource groups who compassionately provide for women and their babies. He and Susan were foster parents and believe that people helping people is a better solution than government dependency. E.C. admires Christians who, when faced with the decision of standing for their faith or compromising their beliefs, chose the difficult path. He and Susan support several charities that provide free legal support for these heroes who boldly stand for their faith and ultimately all of our religious freedoms.

In 2015, seeing Sen. Ted Cruz as a leader, conservative Constitutionalist, and defender of religious liberty who he believed could create a better America, E.C. volunteered full-time for Cruz’s presidential campaign and eventually became the Executive Director of Faith and Religious Liberty.

In his business career, E.C. showed tremendous leadership capability and he brings these skills to the Secretary of State office. He has created jobs and grown companies of various sizes and types, from small family-owned companies to larger public companies operating globally. He has boldly stepped into companies that were struggling and relates to business leaders going through complex times. He served as CEO of a small manufacturing company that was twice recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in North Carolina and worked as a Group President and Executive Officer for a $25B Fortune 500 company who was responsible for supporting more than 35,000 employees in 20 countries. He has been CEO of a green energy start-up and CEO of a public IT company. Throughout his time in business, he gained unique knowledge of the global market and the different business practices in other countries, an experience invaluable to serving as a successful Secretary of State.

Although others are running for the Republican nomination, E.C. Sykes is the only one who has the fresh ideas, background, and experience necessary to win the general election. As a businessman who has led public and private businesses of various sizes, E.C. is the ideal conservative outsider to beat a career politician like Elaine Marshall. With his long and proven experience in business, he is the only candidate who can remove the barriers to economic growth, foster job creation, and improve the business environment. Given this background, E.C. has the ability to appeal to a diverse mix of voters and inspire them to turnout at the polls on election day.

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