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NC District Court Judge District 19B Seat 5

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 party primaries. There are 41 districts across the state, most of them either one or two counties.

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    Barron Thompson

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Age (optional) 41
Contact Phone (336) 629-7000
Position/philosophy statement I believe in Micah 6:8 – to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. I will ensure the fair interpretation and application of the law.
In addition to having more years of service as a North Carolina-licensed practicing attorney than any currently sitting elected District Court Judge in Randolph County prior to their election, I also teach Introduction to Law at UNC Greensboro as an adjunct faculty member. I previously served two terms on the Randolph County Board of Elections. I am an active member of Fayetteville Street Baptist Church, where I have served as an ordained Deacon, an ex officio member of the School Board of Fayetteville Street Christian School, a Sunday School teacher, lay preacher, AWANA worker, and elementary assistant soccer coach.
At its heart, the judiciary is the forum in which we resolve our problems. The most serious issue facing the judiciary today, however, is the act of judges forgetting their proper role in our system of government. The role of the judiciary is to interpret and apply the law – to say what the law is and apply it, not to make it. It is not the role of judges to “legislate from the bench” – taking over the role of the voters and the legislature in making our laws. While the issues of the day such as court funding, substance abuse, and changing demographics will change, a judiciary that forgets its proper role and oversteps its bounds is dangerously detrimental to our system of government.
As a high school teacher and college professor, I have had the opportunity to teach hundreds of students how our judiciary works. As a judge, I can demonstrate it. As a man of faith, I also believe in the guidance of Micah 6:8. A good judge is to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in recognizing his or her limited role in our republican democracy. Judges are called to administer justice – to apply the law evenly to all people without bias or prejudice. Justice, however, must be tempered with mercy. All public servants also must be humble. No one is above the law or better than his or her fellow citizen. I promise to ensure the fair interpretation and application of our laws. I vow to do justice, love mercy, and be humble.
I strongly agree with the policy that judicial races are partisan. Politics is a lens through which we view the world, and it is important to know the philosophies of those we elect to every office. While partisan politics do not directly factor into judicial decisions, a judge’s beliefs about government, individual rights, and the proper role of the judiciary affect their decision-making process. Voters should know the political perspectives of the judges they elect. To that end, it also is essential judges are elected to remain accountable to the people, not to politicians who may appoint or confirm them. In a republican democracy, we err on the side of the people who choose their government leaders, including their judges.