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.