|Name Mary Donnan||Education Davidson College|
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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. Donnan defeated Brooks in the runoff, with approximately 68 percent of the vote. Donnan lost to incumbent Cherie Berry in a close November election.