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NC District Court Judge District 29B Seat 2

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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  • Gene B. Johnson

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    Mack McKeller

Biographical Information

What unique personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this judgeship?

You are running for a partisan judicial position. What role should the platform of your political party play in your work as a judge on the court?

What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice and do you think there is a role you should play to address these obstacles?

What experiences do you bring to the kind of cases likely to come before you in the areas of family law, criminal law and juvenile justice issues?

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Age (optional) 56
Contact Phone (828) 877-5271
Position/philosophy statement I will use my 25 year experience as judge and attorney to serve the people of District 29B in fairly administering justice with respect.
I have served as an officer in the United States Navy, practiced as an attorney for nearly twenty-five years in Judicial District 29B, and volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations here in our region. As a result, and also in light of my family and my faith, I have developed a habit of serving my fellow man before considering my own needs. I maintain this approach in serving as judge by determining the needs of each person who appears before me then administering justice as prescribed by the law without prejudice or passion.
None. My role is to administer justice according to the law regardless of political influence or even my own personal political views. Period.
The greatest obstacle to justice is the ability to get cases heard in a timely and efficient way. The courtroom is crowded and actually having a case heard can be challenging. My role is to efficiently organize the courtroom to hear the maximum number of cases in the most efficient way possible while ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
It is rare for me to participate as judge in any type of case in which I had not had substantial experience while practicing as an attorney. Since I practiced primarily in District 29B for my entire career, I am intimately familiar with the prevalent issues occurring in our district in each type of court and am able to address them fairly and with respect for the litigant. The citizens of each county have their own unique set of problems which can only be solved by someone who is familiar with the solutions from a lifetime of addressing them. Because I practiced as attorney for nearly twenty-five years in district court representing our citizens in criminal, domestic, juvenile, and child protective service cases, I have been able to seamlessly rule on the types of cases without having to learn the complex laws which apply to each and with a deep understanding of the people to whom the law is applied.