RALEIGH, N.C. (January 19, 2016) – A committee of over sixty women and men representing union members in both the private and public sector from across North Carolina met to review completed questionnaires and interview candidates for statewide elected office in Raleigh last Friday. This Committee on Political Education (COPE) recommended the North Carolina State AFL-CIO endorse Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate, Roy Cooper for Governor, and Linda Coleman for Lt. Governor as well as Josh Stein for Attorney General, Dan Blue III for State Treasurer, and former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker for Labor Commissioner. COPE also recommended Elaine Marshall, Wayne Goodwin, Beth Wood, and June Atkinson for re-election as Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, State Auditor, and State Superintendent, respectively, and Judge Linda Stephens for Court of Appeals.

“With new representation in the U.S. Senate and new leadership at the helm of state government, we can raise wages and provide economic stability for North Carolina’s working people – and make sure they get paid for the work they do,” said state AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer MaryBe McMillan.

Read the full endorsement.