Tomorrow you can be part of a select group of people and have your vote ‘count’ more than it ever has before. On Tuesday North Carolina will conduct a 2nd primary to determine runoff winners for various offices. When a similar election was held in 2008, turnout was an abysmal 1.8%
While Republicans have several contested runoffs, including a few for Council of State, Democrats have only one statewide runoff – Labor Commissioner. As one of the only two Republicans on the Council of State, Cherie Berry has consistently been an embarrassment to North Carolina and the workers who rely on her department. We need to send the “Elevator Queen” home for good this year and we have two compelling candidates.
John Brooks has an enormous amount of experience, having served as Commissioner of Labor for 16 years. The experience and knowledge he would bring to the office would be a vast improvement over Commissioner Berry.
Marlowe Foster is an exciting young candidate who would bring a needed breath of fresh air to the office of Labor Commissioner. He’s championed better utilizing Community Colleges for job training and a greater focus on helping workers achieve a health work/family balance. Foster recently (last month) turned 40, which would make him the youngest member of the Council of State should he be elected.
Another race of note is the runoff in House District 32 between Jim Crawford III and Nathan Baskerville. This is the other Democratic runoff featuring a young person, as 31 year old Nathan Baskerville faces off against Rep. Jim Crawford’s son.
While the Farm Team has not made any official endorsements in the runoff primary, we do wish Marlowe Foster and Nathan Baskerville the best of luck tomorrow!
No matter who you’re supporting, join the one percent on Tuesday and VOTE!
You can find a complete list of races at the SBOE website http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/40173/90270/en/summary.html.
Grassroots Farm Team