Martin did not initially claim to hold a PhD when asked about his educational background on a questionnaire sent to candidates or list it on his LinkedIn account. However, asked about the credentials attributed to Martin on a business web page and other documents, Martin said he also holds a PhD.
“It really isn’t that relevant,” Martin said. “You know, we live in a small town, and I don’t want to appear overly educated, if you will. There’s an old trick in my book: you don’t tell everything you know.”
Asked how he would respond to a voter who might be concerned about his level of transparency as a candidate for public office, Martin said he feels he has been transparent in many areas overall.