Cherie Berry Endorsement
Cherie Berry endorses Josh Dobson as successor
Longtime North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, affectionately known as the ‘elevator lady,’ announced in April 2019 she wouldn’t run for a sixth term. Today, Berry has announced her official endorsement for Josh Dobson to be her successor.
“My endorsement of Josh Dobson for NC Labor Commissioner goes beyond party lines,” Berry said. “I’m endorsing Josh based on his values, his proven track record as a representative of the great state of North Carolina, and the respect he has commanded across the state over the last decade. I am confident that Josh understands what an important job comes along with the title of NC Labor Commissioner, and that he will take on that responsibility proudly and effectively.”
Dobson has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives for four terms, representing the people of Avery, McDowell and Mitchell counties. Prior to his appointment to the NC House in 2013, Josh served as a McDowell County Commissioner.
Dobson, a native of McDowell County currently serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He has worked diligently to find consensus while producing common-sense solutions for the people of North Carolina.
During his tenure in the NC House, Dobson has served as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aging, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on School Safety.
Dobson received his Associates Degree from McDowell Technical Community College, his Baccalaureate Degree from Gardner-Webb University and his Master of Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
Dobson resides with his wife of 18 years, Valerie, and daughter, Kennedy, in McDowell County.
“I am honored to have the support of Commissioner Cherie Berry who I have personally looked up to for a long time,” Dobson said. “I believe Commissioner Berry has done a great job working with businesses on the front end to ensure appropriate education and training are in place to meet safety standards and to reduce the number of accidents across the state. I want to continue to build the same level of collaboration and serve as a bridge between labor, business, and agriculture communities along with ensuring the safety of North Carolina employees.”