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Marlowe Foster

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Marlowe Foster
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Candidate for
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor
Bachelor'sVirginia Commonwealth University
Master'sVirginia Commonwealth University
Campaign website
Marlowe Foster was a 2012 Democratic candidate for North Carolina Commissioner of Labor in the 2012 elections. He finished second in the May 8th primary election, but the top finisher, John C. Brooks, fell short of the requisite 40% of the vote required to secure the party nomination. In the primary runoff election held July 17th, Foster lost to Brooks.[1]


Foster has worked at Winston-Salem State University as a budget director, in government relations for Pfizer, Inc. and at Lowe's Home Improvement.[2]


  • BA in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Masters of Public Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University



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

Foster ran for North Carolina Commissioner of Labor in 2012. He faced John C. Brooks 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,[3] which Foster lost. Incumbent Cherie Berry was unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election took place 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.

Issue positions

An essay to the Charlotte Observer, Foster stated:
"Fighting for North Carolina workers is job number one of the Labor Commissioner. As your next labor commissioner, my door will always be open to anyone with an interest or concern about North Carolina workplaces. I will partner with anyone who is interested in supporting efforts to rigorously enforce workplace safety requirements and supporting strengthening of our community colleges. My goal is to provide the fullest possible opportunity for working families to enjoy stable employment and a chance at economic advancement."[2]


  • Independent Weekly[4]

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