July 3, 2008
Labor Endorsed Candidates win in Runoff Primary
NC State AFL-CIO endorsed candidate for state Commissioner of Labor, Mary Fant Donnan, won her runoff election decisively on June 24. Turnout in the runoff was extremely low, amounting to under 2% of registered voters statewide. Nevertheless, Donnan won 2 to 1 with about 22,000 votes more than her opponent.
Our endorsed candidate for the 5th state Senate district, Don Davis, won his primary runoff with 63% of votes cast to 37% for his opponent. Davis’ margin of victory was over 2,200 votes.
We also mailed material in support of Triangle Labor Council (TLC) endorsed candidate for the Durham County school board, Leigh Bordley. Bordley won her primary with 83% of the vote.
Nationally, union members comprise about 25% of all voters, double our percentage of the workforce as a whole. The union advantage for candidates endorsed by working families is clear. Thanks to our members for supporting these candidates in the June 24 runoff.