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NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 3

The NC District Court hears civil cases involving less than $25,000 and criminal misdemeanors. District Court also oversees juvenile court and the magistrates, which handle things like small claims and evictions.Judges are elected for 4 year terms. Legislation in 2017 changed these elections to partisan elections with no primary. There are 43 districts across the state, most of them either one or two counties.

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    Rick Champion
    (Rep)

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    Doug Green
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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Identify the most serious issue you see facing the judiciary.

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Age (optional) 61
Contact Phone (336) 213-0518
email address rickchamp111@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement My philosophy is to be firm but fair in the administration of justice with integrity, compassion and with the diverse experience needed to do the job.
Currently, I am involved with Burlington Shrine Club and Knights of Columbus. Both are charitable organizations that raise money for people in the community. I also volunteer at our church food pantry when my work schedule will allow. I am a past president of the Burlington Civitan Club. I was involved with the Western Alamance High School Student Aid Association. I served as a board member of the Rape Crisis Alliance and Alamance County Mental Health Association. I have served as a Trustee, Sunday School teacher, van driver and reader for my church.
The delays in handling cases, criminal and civil. Recidivism by those addicted to drugs. Gun violence among our juvenile offenders. The lack of funding for programs for the mentally ill who are often repeat offenders. Domestic violence continues to be a recurring serious problem. There obviously is not one serious problem facing our courts today.
I will lobby the legislature to provide funding for additional court personnel and judges. The additional staff would be the first step in having a positive effect on the court system. Until that is accomplished, I would make myself available to be in court all day everyday to get the work done. I would expect the attorneys to be prepared in a professional manner to avoid delays. I would be open to trying to initiate a drug court in Alamance County even without additional funding. I would encourage more court diversion programs for the mentally ill, if it can be done without jeopardizing public safety. I would strongly encourage parties in civil cases to reach fair settlements.
Yes. Voters should decide who their judges are. A candidate's political affiliation gives a snapshot into that candidate 's core beliefs.
Board Member of the Alamance County Community Service Agency Contributor of the Dream Center Morrowtown Community Group
The most serious issue facing the judiciary is making sure that everyone has equal access to courts.
Once elected, every person that comes to my court room will have an opportunity to be heard. Often in District Court, people will elect to exercise their constitutional right to represent themselves in court. I will make sure that everyone in my courtroom will have the opportunity to be heard and acknowledged.
I believe that voters should have as much information as possible to make informed decisions when voting on judicial races. Education, membership in associations and groups, work experience and the political party of the candidate is information the public should have when voting on judicial candidates. Information about the background and affiliations of judicial candidates help to insure transparent and fair judicial races.