Raleigh, NC—Today, U.S. Senator and former Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz announced his endorsement of E.C. Sykes for North Carolina Secretary of State.
“I’m proud to endorse E.C. Sykes in the race to become North Carolina’s next Secretary of State. E.C. is a friend, and I know he will be a champion for our conservative values. He is an outsider, who has spent his life as a businessman, not as a career politician. We need more state leaders across the country like E.C. Sykes, and I am proud to endorse him for Secretary of State,” said Sen. Cruz.
In 2015, when five unelected Supreme Court Justices disregarded the votes of millions of Americans, E.C. Sykes looked for an inspiring leader who would stand for the values that founded our country. Seeing Senator Cruz as a staunch defender of life and religious liberty, he volunteered full-time for his presidential campaign and eventually became the Executive Director of Faith and Religious Liberty. This experience helped him better appreciate the importance of pastors shepherding our culture and the consequences of people of faith stepping away from the public square.
“I’m honored and humbled to have Sen. Cruz’s support in my race. He is a warrior, an inspiration, and has tremendously advanced the conservative movement.It is unlikely I would be running for office today without the experience Sen. Cruz provided me on his presidential campaign. That was a time when our country faced the crossroads of liberal dominationor the preservation ofour constitutional freedoms,” said Sykes. “Sen. Cruz chose to endorse our campaign because the North Carolina values that we have focused our campaign on are similar to his own. Religious liberty, limited government, opportunity to prosper, individualism—these are the ideals that Sen. Cruz, myself, and conservatives across the country are fighting for. There’s no one I’d rather fight alongside than Sen. Cruz, and I thank him for his support in this race.”
Sen. Cruz joins several other locally and nationally recognized Christians and conservatives who have signed onto the Sykes campaign, including former Lieutenant Governor and Congressman Jim Gardner, radio host Steve Noble, Founder of First Liberty and 2018 Jurist of the Year Kelly Shackelford, Focus on the Family and Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, civil rights leaderand President of NC Fredrick Douglas Federation Clarence Henderson, pro-life activist and Chloe’s Foundation founder Kurt Kondrich, and many others from every part of North Carolina.
While the campaign rallies support from conservatives and Christians from every part of the state, E.C. Sykes continues to prove that he is the candidate voters have been waiting for to defeat Elaine Marshall. After fundraising more in the second half of 2019 than the 23-year incumbent, voters areexpressing loud and clear that they want a conservative businessman in the Secretary’s office, not a continuation of the status quo. To stay updated with the campaign’s progress, visit www.ECforNC.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.