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Elaine Marshall ready to hold Wall Street accountable and defend civil rights

This post was submitted by Caitlin O’Brien, WCF Fellow

North Carolina voters have to make a big choice in the Democratic primary this Tuesday—who will get to face off against incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr in the General Election for U.S. Senate November?

The race is getting more exciting by the second, with poll numbers showing Secretary of State Elaine Marshall holding a slight lead over her opponent, former State Senator Cal Cunningham. Nearly 35% of the voters remain undecided, and with neither Marshall nor Cunningham holding 40% of the vote, there is a chance that this election could end in a runoff.

So I am here to urge North Carolinians to make the right choice on May 4th and send a woman who has proven herself against every obstacle to stand up against Senator Burr’s $5 million war chest.

Americans have grown frustrated as our economy struggles to get back on its feet. With one story of Wall Street corruption after another, the Senate needs more leaders committed to combating financial fraud. In the past year and a half alone, Marshall has helped to recover $340 million from major Wall Street banks for North Carolina investors and foundations. She is a strong advocate of holding Wall Street hotshots accountable for their risky investments.

As a Senator, Marshall would fight for legislation to increase transparency and create an independent Consumer Finance Protection Agency. In a time when the average American household has lost 25% of its wealth, Marshall is just the woman to rev up our economy.

Dedicated to fighting for the rights of everyday Americans, Marshall believes in protecting our country’s allegiance to equality and civil rights. Her steadfast commitment is rooted in her own personal experiences with discrimination:

“When I grew up and became the owner of a small business, I discovered that if I wanted a line of credit, my husband had to go to the bank and apply for the loan—because I was a woman… So as a lawyer, I stood up for people without a voice.”

So, in true democratic fashion, Secretary Marshall will work to represent not only the needs of the citizens of North Carolina, but those of all Americans.

Marshall has the opportunity to bring integrity back to Capitol Hill. She has always been a powerhouse candidate—beating an incredibly popular former NASCAR driver for her election to Secretary of State in 1996, as well as earning the second highest number of votes of any candidate in North Carolina in 2008. After races such as these, Secretary Marshall surely has the edge against Senator Burr in the fall.

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