Hardister enters NC Labor Commissioner race for 2024 | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is Alex Baltzegar.

    In a statement Wednesday, N.C. Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, announced he is running for North Carolina Commissioner of Labor in 2024. This announcement comes after current Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson announced he will not seek re-election.

    "It has been a privilege to serve in the NC House of Representatives over the last 10 years, and I am honored to have won election six times," said Hardister in a press release disseminated Wednesday. "Once I complete the upcoming session of the legislature, it will mark 12 years serving the people of North Carolina in this capacity. My passion for public service has remained strong over these years, and I now believe it is time to elevate my service to a new level."

    Hardister is the second Republican to declare for the race, following fellow N.C. House member Ben Moss, R-Moore, who announced his candidacy for the position on December 20th.

    When asked about Moss's candidacy and the prospect of more Republicans jumping into the race, Hardister said, "Competition is always welcome. Nobody is entitled to a seat on the Council of State. We have to expect to have competition and I am looking forward to the campaign."

    Hardister has served as Majority Whip since 2016, and has served in the N.C. House since 2012. He is the longest-serving and youngest majority whip in state history.

    "Ensuring workplace safety, performing timely inspections, and working with industry experts to effectuate sound policies" would be among his top priorities. He also wants to "create a 'North Carolina Workforce Taskforce' that will examine ways to bolster our labor force in North Carolina."

    Hardister has faced four GOP primaries during his career and has won each race by substantial margins. His only loss was in the general election, when he first ran for N.C. House in 2010. Hardister faced one of the most competitive re-election campaigns in the 2020 cycle, winning by a mere 4.52%, or 2,458 votes.

    "My time in the legislature has provided me with an understanding of how state government works," Hardister said. "I understand how laws are made, and I know how to collaborate with local, state and federal officials to advance good policy. As the House Majority Whip, I have collaborated with leadership in the General Assembly to advance policies that have resulted in North Carolina being considered one of the best states to live, work and raise a family. This is the same approach that I will bring to the Department of Labor."

    In the press release, Hardister also announced this will be his last term serving in the General Assembly.

    The 2024 primary is scheduled for March 5, and the general election will be held on Nov. 5, 2024.
Go Back


Latest Bloodless Warfare: Politics

At a forum hosted by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance on Jan. 9, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger discussed a host of issues leading up to the 2023 legislative session, which began on Jan. 11.
N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein's challenge against a state criminal libel law from the 1930s could extend into the summer or beyond. New court paperwork sets out tentative dates for further legal action.
Private election administration funding, or “Zuck bucks,” influenced the outcome of some races in the 2020 election in North Carolina
Members of the N.C. House of Representatives took the oath of office Wednesday, opening the long legislative session for 2023. Republicans have two more seats in the chamber this session
U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop, R-8th District, endorsed a new congressional subcommittee focusing on the "weaponization of the federal government."
Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, today announced his intended committee appointments for the 2023-24 legislative biennium.


North Carolina’s 10th District congressman, Patrick McHenry, nominated fellow Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy in the 14th round of balloting for U.S. House speaker Friday night
This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 22 of his colleagues introduced a resolution designating January 22 through January 28, 2023, as National School Choice Week.
Representatives-elect in the U.S. House have taken votes on 12 ballots for House Speaker this week without reaching the 218 threshold needed to secure a victory.
Congressman Chuck Edwards (NC-11) today announced that he has been recommended for a rare assignment of three committees for the 118th Congress.
Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis led a letter also signed by Senators Bill Hagerty, Mike Crapo, Cynthia Lummis, and Kevin Cramer to Gary Gensler, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, seeking answers in response to several proposed radical revisions


Back to Top