MONROE – North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry said she will most likely seek a sixth term in 2020.
Berry was in Monroe on May 24 to give out Department of Labor safety awards to more than 50 businesses at the Union County Chamber of Commerce Safety Awards Banquet.
Berry was first elected labor commissioner in 2000 and at the time, she was the only Republican member of the Council of State. Berry was re-elected a fourth time in 2016, defeating her Democratic opponent by almost 500,000 votes while receiving 55 percent of the vote.
Berry, 71, will attend 33 awards banquets like the one in Monroe this spring. The North Carolina native said she loves her job of helping the state’s 4 million workers as the state’s labor commissioner.
“I’m getting older, but I am still healthy and I am driving myself around the state,” Berry said. “As long as I can do that … I thoroughly enjoy traveling around the state. I can’t think of any other job I would rather do in the state of North Carolina. Will I run again? Oh, I think so.”
While the health and safety of the state’s workers is the top priority of the Labor Department, Berry is probably best known for having her picture on the safety inspection in every one of the state’s 28,000 elevators.
Berry joked about that fact to the more than 200 people at the chamber banquet in Monroe.
“My piece of advice is this is because I know you have seen my name in those elevators,” Berry said. “You can’t get away from me no matter where you are at in the state of North Carolina. Next time you are in an elevator, I want you to stare at that little picture (of me) and those little bitty eyes. When you are staring at those little bitty eyes, move around in the elevator and watch those little eyes follow you around. If you are in an elevator in North Carolina, don’t do anything because I am watching you.”