After Two Months of Silence From Elaine Marshall, E.C. Sykes Renews Call for Her Stance on Defunding Police | Beaufort County Now | Today, E.C. Sykes, Republican nominee for North Carolina Secretary of State, released the following statement on Elaine Marshall’s refusal to support North Carolina’s law enforcement and keep businesses and local communities safe. | e.c. sykes, republican nominee, secretary of state, elaine marshall, statement, september 21, 2020

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After Two Months of Silence From Elaine Marshall, E.C. Sykes Renews Call for Her Stance on Defunding Police

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    Raleigh, NC     Today, E.C. Sykes, Republican nominee for North Carolina Secretary of State, released the following statement on Elaine Marshall's refusal to support North Carolina's law enforcement and keep businesses and local communities safe.

    "Two whole months have passed since I first called upon my opponent to go on record about who she stands with — our state's police and first responders or the radical left that wants to defund them. After eight weeks, she has chosen to remain silent and her lack of response now defines who she is. Making sure that the people of North Carolina can depend on her to stand with law enforcement is not important to her. We can speculate what political maneuvering she might be planning, but the delay in defining her position clearly demonstrates she is not an adamant supporter of law enforcement." said Sykes. "Maybe she's waiting to see which way the political winds are blowing or she's afraid to tell the people of this state where she actually stands on the issue. She has been clear on her stand to support abortion. She was giddy when she stood and welcomed the protesters in Occupy Raleigh, an anti-capitalist movement, asking them "what took them so long to get here". I can promise you that every day, more and more voters are taking notice that her values are not North Carolina values, and it will be the reason that her long career in politics comes to an end this November."

    On July 21st of this year, E.C. Sykes released a statement in which he spoke out against the vandalism of Durham Police HQ and expressed his strong support for the first-responders that have continued to keep North Carolina's communities safe. Since Elaine Marshall had not already shown her support for law enforcement, he called on Elaine Marshall to release to the public where she stood on the issue of defunding the police, as most of her Democratic colleagues have done. The Sykes campaign also focused its first campaign ad of the general election, titled "Support the Blue," on supporting North Carolina's first responders.

    Since the movement to defund North Carolina's police began, the Sykes campaign has received endorsements from both Democratic and Republican members of law enforcement from all over the state, with more signing on to the team every day.

    The Sykes for Secretary of State campaign will continue highlighting that Elaine Marshall's values do not represent the values of North Carolina. To stay updated with the Sykes campaign's progress, visit or follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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