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Jessica Holmes has shown herself to be a driven achiever. A Carolina Covenant scholarship allowed her to rise from "difficult circumstances" as a high school student in the tiny town of Maple Hill in eastern North Carolina to finish, first, an undergraduate degree in political science at Chapel Hill and then a law degree at the same university. While still an undergraduate, she took a work-study placement at UNC’s Center for Civil Rights where she came under the tutelage of influential lawyers (and warriors for equal rights) including Anita Earls, who just in 2018 won a seat on the state's Supreme Court. Holmes continued to work at the Center for Civil Rights during law school, and after she passed the bar, she joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (founded by Earls) as a community organizer.
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When she announced her campaign for labor secretary back in February, Holmes said the minimum wage should be higher and businesses should “adopt family-friendly policies such as paid parental leave, sick days and pay equity for women. Too many North Carolinians are working hard and living in poverty,” Holmes said in a news release. “We can and should do better. Employers need to know that North Carolina is open for business, and we welcome great places to work for our citizens. We are ready to rebuild our reputation as a state of inclusion and a place that will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”
Josh Dobson has represented NC House District 85 in the General Assembly for four terms. His power base has been McDowell County (Marion), where he also served as a county commissioner. As a House member from a heavily Republican district (McDowell, Mitchell, and Avery), he's never had a serious Democratic challenger. He is a chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and according to the AP has been heavily involved in health-related issues during his time at the General Assembly.
How would he behave as Commissioner of Labor? Two indicators of political philosophy stand out: He has always been a loyal foot soldier for the anti-worker policies of the Berger-Moore big boss structure in the General Assembly. And he launched his campaign for labor secretary by publishing an endorsement from Congressman (now Trump henchman) Mark Meadows. Endorsements don't often mean a lot, but I choose to believe his one does.