CARY – Longtime Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive was inducted into the North Carolina Republican Party Hall of Fame Saturday evening at the NCGOP’s biennial awards banquet in Cary. Olive was inducted as the 2023 District 13 Hall of Fame awardee. The award was presented by past District 13 Chairman Darryl Mitchell of Smithfield.
Olive joins a small number of North Carolina Republicans that have received this prestigious honor for their dedication and work on behalf of the Republican Party and the Conservative cause.
“The hard work and dedication demonstrated by Craig Olive is what the NCGOP Hall of Fame is all about,” said Chairman Michael Whatley. “This Party is built on local leaders like him working day in and day out to elect Republicans up and down the ballot and this recognition is well deserved!”
Olive has a long history of serving Johnston County and the Republican Party. Olive is currently serving his sixth term as Johnston County Register of Deeds, where he received the County’s highest number of votes in the last election.
Under Olive’s leadership, the Office has received numerous awards and become a model for public record keeping in North Carolina. In addition to his work as Register of Deeds, Olive has served as past Vice Chair and Treasurer of the County Party, Chairman of the NC Young Republicans and on numerous local, state and federal campaigns. In 1994, he was awarded the Johnston County Republican of Year and in 1997 received the NCGOP James Broyhill Award for his grassroots work on behalf of the Republican Party.
“Craig embodies the spirit of the Republican Party,” said Johnston County Republican Party Chairman Marshall Conrad. “His loyalty and unwavering support of the Republican Party are paramount to our success as a county Party and this award is a testament to his hard work.”
Olive has served Johnston County in various roles including the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees, President of the Selma Parks and Recreation Board, Board of Director for the Clayton Chamber, and the Johnston County Tourism Authority.
Olive volunteers his time with various non-profit boards and organizations, including the Walk for Alzheimer’s, the Cancer Association Relay for Life, the Special Olympics and many other organizations.