Marlowe Foster, a Democratic candidate for Labor Commissioner, announced more endorsements today from political groups and individuals. Foster has backing from the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, the Durham People's Alliance, the Fairmont Committee on Black Affairs, 2008 Labor Commissioner candidate Mary Fant Donnan, state Reps. Deborah Ross and Grier Martin of Wake County, Former state Democratic Party chairman Jerry Meek, state Rep. Tricia Cotham of Charlotte, Transportation Secretary Gene Conti, state Sen. Doug Berger. and Morrisville Council member Steve Rao. Foster, a Pfizer lobbyist from Raleigh, faces John Brooks and Tyrone Richardson in the Democratic primary. Republican Cherie Berry is the incumbent commissioner.
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Marlowe Foster of Raleigh says he is running for Labor Commissioner to ensure fairness and transparency in workplace safety inspections and to help create jobs.
Foster, director of U.S. public affairs for Pfizer and a registered lobbyist, announced his candidacy today. Republican Cherie Berry holds the office.
The Department of Labor can be "a strong partner with the community college system getting people trained and retrained for jobs," said Foster, 39.
He was one of nine candidates who sought appointment to former state Sen. Vernon Malone's seat, which Sen. Dan Blue won.