NC Labor Commissioner
The NC Labor Commissioner has a wide-range of powers over the Department of Labor, which promotes the “health, safety and general well-being” of the workers of the state. This includes conducting health and safety inspections, investigating work-related accidents and deaths, and conducting randomly scheduled and follow-up inspections with firms previously cited for violations. The Commissioner also regulates the safety of boilers, elevators and amusement rides.
Jessica Holmes (D)
Jessica is a labor and employment law attorney who believes working families are the core of our society and North Carolina’s “economic vitality.” She prioritizes a worker’s guaranteed right to fair pay, benefits,equal pay for equal work, and safe working conditions.
In her time as a Wake County Commissioner, Jessica passed a number of family oriented policies: paid parental leave policy, hiring ordinance, and supporting a living wage policy.
She is the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County.
Josh Dobson (R)
Dobson says he wants “to run the office efficiently and be a bridge between labor and the business community, but [his] top two issues would be working with the agricultural sector and making sure the employees in North Carolina are safe.”
He is dedicated to conservative leadership, earning high marks from the North Carolina Values Coalition, National Rifle Association, and the American Conservative Union. In his own words, Dobson says he takes a “conservative, pragmatic approach to governing” and that he sees this position “as a managerial position to make sure that the Labor Department runs as it should.”
Meet the candidates:
Bio: Jessica N. Holmes is a self described “workers’ rights advocate, policy expert, and fighter for fairness and social justice.” She is a labor and employment law attorney who prioritizes a worker’s guaranteed right to “fair pay, benefits, and safe working conditions.” As far as time in public service, Jessica was the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County. There she prioritized early childhood development, education funding, and capital funding for Wake Technical Community College.
Former governor Hunt said, "Jessica Holmes is a young visionary leader whom I admire. She led the Wake County Commissioners to strongly support Smart Start, and she is a strong supporter of our public schools. As Commissioner of Labor, she will bring fresh ideas and do what's right for the working families of our state.”
Jessica earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from the University of Chapel Hill School of Law.
Bio: Dobson has served in the NC House of Representatives for four terms, representing the people of Avery, McDowell and Mitchell counties. Dobson currently serves as the chair of the Appropriations and Health Policy Committees. He has remained very active in the legislature, most recently voting to award bonuses to public school teachers during the pandemic. He is dedicated to conservative leadership, earning a 95% from the North Carolina Values Coalition.
Dobson received his associate’s degree from McDowell Tech Community College, and his bachelors from Gardner Webb and his Masters of Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
who's supporting who?
Rep. Mark Meadows
NC Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler
Dobson's Legislative Scorecard
North Carolina Values Coalition - 95%
National Federation of Independent Business - NC - 89%
ACLU NC - 0%
American Conservative Union - 73%
State Employees Association of NC - 0%
NC LCV - 60%
National Rifle Association - 80%