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John C. Brooks
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Candidate for
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor
Prior offices
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor
1977 – 1993
High schoolGreenville High School (1955)
Bachelor'sUNC Chapel Hill (1959)
J.D.University of Chicago School of Law (1962)
BirthdayJanuary 10, 1937
Place of birthGreenville, North Carolina
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John C. Brooks (b. January 10, 1937) was a Democratic candidate for North Carolina Commissioner of Labor in the 2012 elections. He finished first in the May 8th primary election but did not win the requisite 40% of the vote to secure the party nomination. In the primary runoff, Brooks defeated Marlowe Foster and lost to incumbent Cherie Berry (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]



See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Brooks ran for North Carolina Commissioner of Labor in 2012. He faced Marlowe Foster and Ty Richardson in the May 8 Democratic primary. Since no candidate won 40% of the vote, the top two vote getters, Brooks and Foster, went head-to-head in a runoff on July 17.[2] Brooks won that contest and lost to incumbent Cherie Berry, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, in the general election on November 6, 2012.

North Carolina Commissioner of Labor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John C. Brooks 46.7% 2,019,266
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCherie Berry Incumbent 53.3% 2,300,500
Total Votes 4,319,766
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

North Carolina Labor Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Brooks 37.1% 289,356
Green check mark transparent.pngMarlowe Foster 33% 256,964
Ty Richardson 29.9% 232,730
Total Votes 779,050
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


  • Charlotte Observer[3]

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Brooks lost the election to the position of North Carolina Labor Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Brooks raised a total of $17,602.

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