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Mary Fant Donnan

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Mary Fant Donnan (born May 29, 1962) was the Democratic nominee for North Carolina Commissioner of Labor in the 2008 election.

Donnan is a graduate of Davidson College and of the University of Adelaide. Prior to attending Davidson College, Mary was President of the Young Republicans Club at Independence High School, in Independence, Virginia. She has worked as a public school music teacher in Virginia, as development director for the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, as director of research and policy at the North Carolina Department of Labor and since 2001, as a program officer for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, working on community economic development.

In 2008, Donnan filed to run for Commissioner of Labor. She finished first in the May 6 Democratic primary, but did not receive more than 40 percent. She and the runner-up, John C. Brooks, advanced to a runoff election in June.[1][2] Donnan defeated Brooks in the runoff, with approximately 68 percent of the vote.[3][4][5] Donnan lost to incumbent Cherie Berry in a close November election.[6]


  1. "News & Observer: Labor candidates want a recount". Archived from the original on 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2008-05-16. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. News & Observer: No recount in Labor race Archived 2008-06-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Romoser, James. Runoff for labor post goes to Donnan. Winston-Salem Journal, 2008-06-25. Accessed 2008-06-25
  4. Beckwith, Ryan Teague. News & Observer: Donnan wins runoff that few bothered to vote in. Accessed 2008-06-25
  5. NC SBOE Second Primary
  6. Charlotte Observer: Berry claims victory for labor chief[permanent dead link]

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