As secretary of state, Democrat Elaine Marshall is responsible for making sure businesses and lobbyists file the proper public disclosures. Her agency also pursues certain financial fraud cases.
Although many secretaries of state oversee elections, in North Carolina, that job goes to an appointed State Board of Elections. Marshall does convene North Carolina's Electoral College every four years but otherwise isn't involved in elections.
Marshall was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010, but she lost the general election to Republican Richard Burr.