The Distinguished Attorney Award from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys -- a group that has only awarded this honor twice in its entire history;
The Common Cause North Carolina Leadership in Government Award;
The North Carolina Association of Educators' Women's Equality Award;
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society's Eta State Founders Award;
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business by the Triangle Business Journal;
The National Notary Association's 2006 Achievement Award, and being named to National Notary Magazine's list of "The 50 Most Influential People in Notarization in the Last 50 Years";
Served as President in 2007 of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council, a think tank dedicated to bringing best technology practices into all levels of government across this country;
Recognized as the leader in state Trademark protection by the US Chamber of Commerce, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, Underwriters Laboratories, and a variety of companies;
Secretary Marshall has even received an official "Gold Record" from the Recording Industry Association of America for her law enforcement work to protect Trademarked goods and patent holders;
Recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award' from the 4-H Foundation.
Farmer, volunteer fire fighter, community leader
Hobbies or Special Talents:
ACC football and basketball, cooking, gardening
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Reason for Seeking Public Office:
Two years ago, I made a decision to run for U. S. Senate because I believed that we, as a country, needed to focus more on people and less on powerful interests. While we came up short last year, the same issues that compelled me to run then, face us today. I'm running for re-election for North Carolina Secretary of State so we can keep up the fight.
Today, we see a grassroots protest movement called Occupy Wall Street that, in some ways, is similar to the grassroots protest movement known as the Tea Party. While they have different goals, they both arose from anger at feeling left out of our political and economic system. It's our responsibility as elected officials to address that anger and try to right those wrongs.
As Secretary of State, I worked to reform our lobbying laws to ensure transparency and reduce undue influence of special interests in the legislature. As part of my job, I oversee securities and investment and I've held powerful financial interests accountable when they have misled investors, both large and small. And I've cracked down on scam artists who use "Ponzi schemes" to prey on our most vulnerable citizens and have sent the con men to jail for long sentences.
Today, there is a concerted effort to roll back the lobbying laws at the state level. At the federal level, there is push to strip my powers of enforcement and allow for more "self-regulation" of the financial industry. We all know what that gets us.
I'm running again because I'm ready to fight these attempts to shift power back into the hands of the few. I ask for your help and support. It's going to take all of us working together to get this country back on the right track.