Source: News & Observer

The office of Labor Commissioner in North Carolina has been held by the same person — Cherie Berry — for five terms. Now, a new person will fill that role as the incumbent plans to retire.

According to the News & Observer, “The North Carolina labor commissioner is in charge of the administration of state laws about labor and the workforce. The job includes oversight of workplace conditions and safety, which has become even more important during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Jessica Holmes, a Democrat, is one of the candidates for the role. She’s a Wake County commissioner currently and brings experience as a labor and employment attorney. Her professional career leaves her well-placed to advocate for the rights of working North Carolinians. 

“The reality is we need to increase the minimum wage,” Holmes told the News & Observer. She also advocates for Medicaid expansion and collective bargaining rights for North Carolina workers.

Holmes’ opponent, current Republican legislator Josh Dobson, is under fire from a watchdog group. A recently filed complaint alleges that Dobson has recouped more than $90,000 in government money to pay for expenses in the process of being a state representative. The complaint suggests that Dobson actually “double-dipped” by reimbursing himself with his campaign money as well. 

The complaint has been filed with the Legislative Ethics Committee in the General Assembly.

Read the full story on Jessica Holmes from the News & Observer.