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Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker to run for labor commissioner

Charles Meeker leads a Raleigh City Council meeting as mayor in 2011. He plans to run for N.C. commissioner of labor.
Charles Meeker leads a Raleigh City Council meeting as mayor in 2011. He plans to run for N.C. commissioner of labor. tiwabu@newsobserver.com

Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has filed paperwork to run for commissioner of labor, setting up a challenge for incumbent Republican Cherie Berry.

Meeker, a Democrat, left office in 2011 after a decade as mayor. An attorney, he’s said the labor commissioner needs to focus on worker misclassification and safety issues.

On June 23, Meeker filed a “statement of organization” with the N.C. Board of Elections to formally create his campaign committee, which allows him to begin fundraising.

The document shows that Maggie Barlow, a former N.C. House Democratic Caucus director, is working with Meeker’s campaign. Last year, she served as treasurer for the N.C. Senate campaign of another former mayor, Tom Bradshaw.

Meeker told the N&O in April that he was considering a run for labor commissioner.

“The labor commissioner needs to tend to the business of making sure workers are properly classified and are safe at their worksites,” he said at the time.

Meeker had previously said he was considering a run for governor, but later said that office seemed out of reach.

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