Jessica Holmes, a Champion for North Carolina’s Workers
Jessica Holmes has spent several years of her life championing positive change in Wake County as the youngest person to ever be elected in the county’s history and to wield the gavel as chair, twice. Now, she is running for NC Commissioner of Labor to support workers and businesses across North Carolina.
She was born and raised in rural Eastern North Carolina before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree as a first generation college student and then going on to attend the UNC School of Law to receive her JD and law licenses in North Carolina and New York. She understands the rural-urban divide and that economic development requires unique solutions and a focused intentionality to ensure jobs for all North Carolinians in every corner of our state.
She has spent the majority of her professional career focused on labor and employment law, advocating for workers’ rights to fair pay, benefits and safe working conditions. She has led on worker-friendly policies including a living wage, paid parental leave, paid family illness leave and Ban the Box. She has a track record of supporting job creation as a county commissioner and attracting businesses that put people to work with good wages and benefits.
Jessica believes our community colleges are an instrumental part of economic development when it comes to training and re-training our state’s workforce and wants to empower community colleges to do what they do best — train workers and improve the earning power of our people. She successfully helped lead a bond campaign to fund and expand our state’s largest community college system, Wake Technical Community College.
“I want to make NC the best place to work in America,” said Jessica Holmes, candidate for Commissioner of Labor. “North Carolinians do not have to choose to be pro-labor or pro-business, we can be both.”
To learn more about Jessica and her campaign, go to: https://jessicaholmesnc.com/
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