- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democrat Charles Meeker says his 10 years of collaborative leadership as Raleigh mayor shows he’s qualified to lead North Carolina’s Department of Labor.

Meeker officially began his campaign for state labor commissioner at a news conference Tuesday at his law office. Republican incumbent Cherie Berry is expected to seek re-election to a fifth four-year term in 2016.

Meeker says his campaign will focus on improving worker safety, ensuring employers classify workers correctly for labor protections and taking “decisive action” against businesses that fail to pay their employees.

Meeker served as mayor for 10 years through 2011, winning in officially nonpartisan elections. He filed paperwork in late June forming a campaign committee for commissioner.

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