North Carolina judicial elections, 2014

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Four justices of the seven-member North Carolina Supreme Court and four judges of the 15-member North Carolina Court of Appeals are scheduled to be elected by North Carolina voters on November 4, 2014, concurrently with other state elections. Terms for seats on each court are eight years.

Supreme Court (Chief Justice)[edit]

Chief Justice Sarah Parker stepped down from her position on the Court in 2014 because she reached the mandatory retirement age of 72. Her seat would have been on the November 2014 election ballot in any event, since she was elected Chief Justice in 2006 to an eight-year term.

Associate Justice Mark Martin, who had already announced he was running for Chief Justice,[1][2] was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to take the position on September 1, 2014, and serve until the winner of the November election is seated.[3]

North Carolina Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, who at first announced her intention to challenge Associate Justice Beasley,[4] instead filed to run for Chief Justice after Attorney Mike Robinson announced he had been invited to run for the Beasley seat by the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Republican Party.[5] Lewis, like Martin, is a Republican. No registered Democrat or Unaffiliated candidate filed to run for the Chief Justice seat. North Carolina judicial elections are nonpartisan.

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mark
Martin
Ola
Lewis
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 11–14, 2014 1,266 ± 2.8% 16% 7% 77%

Supreme Court (Martin seat)[edit]

The seat formerly held by Associate Justice Mark Martin will be on the ballot, but Justice Martin was appointed to the position of Chief Justice, effective Sept. 1, and is running for that seat.

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judges Sam J. Ervin IV[6] and Robert N. Hunter, Jr. (not to be confused with his colleague, Judge Robert C. Hunter, also of the NC Court of Appeals; see below) are both running for this seat.[7] Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Hunter to hold the seat through the election, making him the incumbent.[8]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Sam J.
Ervin IV
Robert N.
Hunter, Jr.
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 11–14, 2014 1,266 ± 2.8% 21% 13% 66%

Supreme Court (Hudson seat)[edit]

Associate Justice Robin E. Hudson is running for re-election to a second term.[9]

Jeanette Doran, chair of the North Carolina Division of Employment Security Board of Review;[10][11] and Superior Court Judge and former Court of Appeals Judge Eric L. Levinson also ran for the seat.[12]

As this was the only statewide judicial election in 2014 with more than two candidates, a nonpartisan primary was held on May 6. Hudson and Levinson came in first and second, with approximately 43 percent and 37 percent of the vote, respectively.[13] They advanced to the general election, while Doran, who garnered approximately 21 percent of the vote, was eliminated.[14]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Robin E.
Hudson
Eric
Levinson
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 11–14, 2014 1,266 ± 2.8% 18% 10% 72%
Public Policy Polling August 14–17, 2014 856 ± 3.4% 19% 11% 71%

Supreme Court (Beasley seat)[edit]

Associate Justice Cheri Beasley is running for election to a full term in her own right (she was appointed to the seat by the former governor to fill a vacancy).[15]

Attorney Mike Robinson is also a candidate for the seat.[16]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Cheri
Beasley
Mike
Robinson
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 11–14, 2014 1,266 ± 2.8% 13% 9% 78%

Court of Appeals (Robert C. Hunter seat)[edit]

The seat held by Judge Robert C. Hunter (not to be confused with his colleague on the Court, Robert N. Hunter, Jr.) will be on the ballot. Hunter announced on Aug. 14, 2013, that he would not seek re-election.[17]

Judges Lucy Inman and Bill Southern are both announced candidates for the seat. Judge Inman is a Special Superior Court Judge and was appointed to that position in 2010 by former Governor Beverly Perdue. Prior to that, she was a trial lawyer. Judge Southern currently serves on the District Court bench for Stokes and Surry Counties. He was elected to that position in 2008 and in 2012. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Stokes and Surry Counties.[18][19]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lucy
Inman
Bill
Southern
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 11–14, 2014 1,266 ± 2.8% 9% 8% 83%

Court of Appeals (Stroud seat)[edit]

Judge Donna Stroud is running unopposed for re-election.[20]

Court of Appeals (Davis seat)[edit]

Judge Mark A. Davis is running for a full term (he is currently serving out the remainder of the term of Cheri Beasley, who vacated the seat when she was appointed to the Supreme Court).[21]

District Court Judge Paul A. Holcombe is also running for this seat.[22] Paul Holcombe has been a District Court Judge for Johnston, Harnett and Lee Counties since January 2009[23]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mark A.
Davis
Paul A.
Holcombe
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 11–14, 2014 1,266 ± 2.8% 8% 7% 85%

Court of Appeals (John C. Martin seat)[edit]

On July 9, 2014, Chief Judge John C. Martin announced his retirement, effective August 1, 2014, creating another opening to be filled by voters in the general election. Because of the date of his retirement, no primary election will be held for the seat.[24] Governor Pat McCrory appointed Judge Lisa Bell to hold the Martin seat for the remainder of the year, but she is not among the candidates running for a full term.[25]

Nineteen candidates filed for the special election.[26] They include former Court of Appeals Judge John Arrowood of Charlotte,[27] Raleigh attorney Betsy Bunting, District Court Judge Lori G. Christian,[28] Raleigh bankruptcy attorney Jeffrey Cook, Raleigh Deputy Industrial Commissioner and former Court of Appeals staff lawyer J. Brad Donovan,[29] Hertford attorney Daniel Patrick Donahue, Raleigh attorney Sabra Faires,[30] former Superior Court judge Abe Jones, New Bern attorney Ann Kirby, Deputy Industrial Commissioner Keischa Lovelace,[31] Raleigh attorney Marty Martin, Haywood County trial attorney Hunter Murphy,[32] Raleigh attorney Joseph "Jody" Newsome, Raleigh attorney Patricia "Tricia" Shields,[33] Raleigh attorney Elizabeth Davenport Scott, former Court of Appeals Judge John M. Tysonof Cumberland County,[34] Brunswick County District Court Judge Marion Warren, Greensboro attorney/former State Board of Elections member Chuck Winfree, and Yadkinville attorney Valerie Johnson Zachary.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ News & Observer Under the Dome Morning Memo: Florida GOP governor takes N.C. Democrats approach
  2. ^ News & Observer Under the Dome: Martin to run for NC Chief Justice, Parker to retire
  3. ^ Governor Will Appoint Justice Mark Martin as Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court
  4. ^ WECT
  5. ^ WWAY-TV
  6. ^ News & Observer Under the Dome: Judge Ervin will run again for Supreme Court
  7. ^ NC Court of Appeals Judge Robert N. Hunter, Jr. files paperwork to run for NC Supreme Court
  8. ^ Governor McCrory will appoint Judge Bob Hunter to fill Supreme Court vacancy
  9. ^ News & Observer: Hudson seeking re-election to NC Supreme Court
  10. ^ Salisbury Post
  11. ^ Governor McCrory announces appointments
  12. ^ Charlotte Observer
  13. ^ State Board of Elections - Primary Election Results
  14. ^ WRAL.com
  15. ^ News & Observer Under the Dome: Justice Beasley will run for her seat in 2014
  16. ^ http://www.ncapb.com/resources/voter-information/
  17. ^ http://www.wral.com/judge-robert-c-hunter-to-retire-from-nc-court-of-appeals-/12776170/
  18. ^ News & Observer Under the Dome
  19. ^ News & Observer: Surry County judge announces appeals court candidacy
  20. ^ NC State Board of Elections: Candidate filing list
  21. ^ Greensboro News & Record
  22. ^ Official Candidate Filings, NC State Board of Elections
  23. ^ North Carolina Court System, District 11
  24. ^ Associated Press
  25. ^ Governor McCrory Appoints Judge Lisa Bell to Court of Appeals
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ Charlotte Observer
  28. ^ Judgepedia
  29. ^ News & Observer: Industrial Commission deputy will run for appeals court
  30. ^ News & Observer
  31. ^ Deputy Commissioner Biography
  32. ^ [2]
  33. ^ Hedrick Gardner
  34. ^ [3]
  35. ^ State Board of Elections: Special Judicial Candidate List

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