One justice of the
North Carolina Supreme Court and six judges of the North Carolina Court of Appeals were elected to eight-year terms by North Carolina voters on November 4, 2008. This coincided with the presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, gubernatorial, and Council of State elections.
North Carolina judicial elections are non-partisan.
Primary elections were held on May 6, 2008 for seats with more than two candidates running. The top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, advanced to the general election. [1 ]
Despite the non-partisan nature of the elections, candidates' party affiliations were well-known. As a result of the elections, the Republicans maintained their 4-3 majority on the state Supreme Court. Democrats maintained their majority on the Court of Appeals. Only one Republican (Robert N. Hunter, Jr.) defeated a Democrat in a Court of Appeals race.
Supreme Court (Edmunds seat) [ edit ]
Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. ran for re-election [3 ] and was opposed by Professor [4 ] Suzanne Reynolds of [5 ] Wake Forest University Law School. Edmunds defeated Reynolds in the closest statewide judicial race of 2008. [6 ]
Robert H. (Bob) Edmunds
Court of Appeals (Arrowood seat) [ edit ]
John S. Arrowood, appointed in 2007, was opposed by former state Board of Elections chairman [7 ] Robert N. Hunter, Jr. [8 ]
Robert N. (Bob) Hunter, Jr.
John S. Arrowood
Court of Appeals (Stephens seat) [ edit ]
Linda Stephens ran for election, having been appointed in 2007. She was opposed by attorney [9 ] Dan Barrett.
Court of Appeals (Tyson seat) [ edit ]
John M. Tyson [10 ] was opposed by state District Court Judge [11 ] Kristin Ruth, [12 ] former Wake County Clerk of Court [13 ] Janet Pueschel, and state Utilities Commissioner Sam J. Ervin, IV. [14 ]
In the May 6 primary, Ervin led the field with 37 percent of the vote, followed by Ruth (26 percent), Tyson (22 percent), and Pueschel (16 percent). Ervin and Ruth advanced to the November general election.
Sam J. Ervin, IV
Court of Appeals (McCullough seat) [ edit ]
Douglas McCullough was opposed by state District Court Judge [16 ] Cheri Beasley. [17 ]
Court of Appeals (Martin seat) [ edit ]
John C. Martin, the court's Chief Judge, ran for re-election unopposed. [18 ]
Court of Appeals (Wynn seat) [ edit ]
James A. Wynn was opposed by attorneys [19 ] Dean R. Poirier and Jewel Ann Farlow in the May 6 primary. [20 ]
Wynn and Farlow advanced to the November general election. Wynn won approximately 48 percent of the vote in the primary, followed by Farlow (37 percent) and Poirier (15 percent).
James A. (Jim) Wynn
Jewel Ann Farlow
References [ edit ]
^ Primary Election Voter Guide
^ AP: GOP maintains edge on Supreme Court
^ Edmunds will run in 2008 | newsobserver.com projects
^ Suzanne Reynolds for NC Supreme Court - suzannereynolds.org
^ Reynolds v. Edmunds for Supreme Court | newsobserver.com projects
^ Committee to Keep Judge Arrowood
^ Not that Bob Hunter | newsobserver.com projects
^ Judge Linda Stephens for NC Court of Appeals - official campaign website homepage
^ Judge Kristin Ruth to Run for NC Court of Appeals | Judge Kristin H. Ruth
^ Judges jump in race | newsobserver.com projects
^ Ervin campaign site
^ Morganton News-Herald: Tyson loses bid to retain seat on Court of Appeals
^ Judge Cheri Beasley - Home
^ Judge John Martin NC Court of Appeals
^ Announcements | Judge Wynn
^ Candidate Listing
^ News & Observer: Wynn leads, but Tyson trails