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“Everybody thinks that businesses and labor officials fight all the time,” she said. “But I don’t think you can be labor-friendly or business-friendly. He can manage a balance between both. You have to be fair with businesses and you have to be fair with employees. That’s really what I want to see.”

She said Mr. Perez is a strong advocate of small business.

“I think the smaller, smaller businesses are struggling the most, and they need to believe and know there’s someone representing them, as well,” she said.