- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker is preparing to run for North Carolina labor commissioner next year.

Meeker has filed campaign committee paperwork with the State Board of Elections listing the commissioner’s job as the office he’s seeking. Republican incumbent Cherie Berry has been at the job since 2001 and is expected to seek re-election to a fifth four-year term.

The Raleigh attorney served as mayor for ten years through 2011. He’s said if elected commissioner he’d focus on worksite safety and ensuring companies properly pay taxes and unemployment insurance on behalf of workers.

Meeker formed the committee June 26. The committee’s first campaign report filed last week listed having received more than $15,000, of which $10,000 is a personal loan from Meeker.

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