NC Commissioner of Labor: Incumbent Berry defeats Brooks

The Democratic challenger held the post through four terms until 1992

lbonner@newsobserver.comNovember 7, 2012 

  • Results Cherie Berry→  53.35% John Brooks→  46.65% (100 of 100 counties reporting)

Three-term Republican incumbent Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry defeated a former Democratic holder of the office, according to unofficial returns.

Berry cited drops in workplace injury and illness rates during her tenure in her re-election campaign.

Democrat John Brooks contended the numbers were misleading, and promised to hire more investigators.

Brooks held the office for four terms until losing to a fellow Democrat in the 1992 primary after a chicken factory fire in 1991 in Hamlet killed 25 people.

Workers were trapped in the factory by blocked or locked doors.

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