Raleigh, NC—Today, E.C. Sykes, a widely respected business leader and man of faith, announced his campaign for North Carolina State Senate in the newly created 18th District.

“I will fight for families in the NC Senate, stop government overreach, and work to help businesses rebuild as we come out of COVID. For too long, Granville County and Northern Wake County voters have not had a representative who puts their needs first, and that will be my main priority. I will stand up for kids, for moms and dads, and for small businesses all across my district,” said Sykes.

A native of North Carolina, E.C. Sykes’ North Carolina family roots can be traced back 300 years to before the Revolutionary War. Descending from farmers who instilled a strong work ethic, E.C.’s father was a police officer in Durham and his mother a medical technician. Some of his early jobs were selling tomatoes door-to-door and working the tobacco fields. E.C. earned his engineering degree at NC State by working as a janitor, an  electrician, and a co-op student. There, hemet his wife, Susan, of more than 35 years. Together, they started a family in Rolesville, raising their children with the same core North Carolina values their parents instilled in them.

“Hard-working North Carolinian families deserve someone who will bring commonsense policies to the NC Senate, policies like honoring the rule of law, cutting taxes and expanding economic growth, limiting the size and scope of government, and restoring confidence in our elected officials,” said Sykes. “As a conservative problem-solver, successful businessman, and man of strong Christian faith, I have the experience to expand business opportunities and restore the conservative values that are being threatened” he continued.

Over E.C.’s business career, he has created thousands of jobs while leading small, family-owned companies as well as larger, complex public ones – skills that will help him guide the Senate to get our economy moving in the right direction. This background has given him the ability to relate to businesses owners and entrepreneurs in North Carolina and the knowledge of how to improve the business environment in the state for every citizen. Beyond his business career, E.C. has remained active in both his church and community, serving as an ordained deacon, foster parent and giving of his resources to several charities, including those focusing on sanctity of life.

With his entrance into the race for NC Senate 18, E.C. Sykes has the experience and background to win the general election The people in the 18th District have been under the rule of progressive politicians for too long. In this election, they have the opportunity to choose a leader that relates to their struggles and knows how to stand for their values. As a conservative outsider with fresh ideas, he appeals to a diverse mix of  voters and inspires them to turnout at the polls on election day.

Filing opens December 6.

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