Commissioner of Labor

The Labor Commissioner protects the rights of working North Carolinians. They make sure that workplaces are safe and that employees get the pay and benefits they deserve. The Labor Commissioner also inspects boilers, elevators, and escalators for safety.

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There are 4 primary candidates for the office of Commissioner of Labor. There are 3 Republican candidates and 1 Democratic candidate.  The candidates are as follows:

Pearl Burris-Floyd (R)
Jessica N. Holmes (D)
Josh Dobson (R)
Chuck Stanley (R)
 
Three candidates, Pearl Burris-Floyd (R), Josh Dobson (R), and Chuck Stanley (R), did not respond to our survey, so you will not see them mentioned below.

All answers are provided in text and audio files for each candidate. To navigate through the questions you may either scroll through this page to read or listen to their answers, or use the links below to jump directly to specific questions.

The primary candidates for the office of Commissioner of Labor were each asked the following questions:

The complete audio of all responses for the Commissioner of Labor’s race:

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Question 1: What are your top three priorities?

Jessica N. Holmes (D)

1. Ensure safe and healthy work environments. I plan to enhance training programs for employers and employees to reduce workplace accidents, ensure an adequate number of inspectors to ensure safety in elevators and workplaces, and enforce regulations.
2. Work Place Rights. I will work diligently to ensure that workers are aware of their rights and see the Department of Labor as a resource.
3. Fairness and Equity. I will lead and support legislation and policies intended to address pay equity, workplace discrimination and to support inclusive work environments.

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Question 2: Would you support a change in state law eliminating subminimum wage?

Jessica N. Holmes (D)

Yes. People with disabilities need and deserve an opportunity to earn meaningful income.

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Question 3: How will you improve access to the internet in rural and low-income communities?

Jessica N. Holmes (D)

Having been born and raised in rural Eastern NC, I understand first hand the need to improved access in rural and low-income communities. I will support any legislation/policy/initiative intended to address this need.

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Question 4: What can you do in this role to address the widespread poverty and unemployment in the disability community?

Jessica N. Holmes (D)

I support increasing the minimum wage, and engagement of community colleges to train and re-train our workforce in an ever-changing global economy. I will also advocate for access to more trade training in high schools. I would proactively engage the disability community about where there is room for improvement in the Department of Labor regarding this issue.

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