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NC District Court Judge District 20D 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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  • Matt Smith
    (Rep)

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    Tiffany Wilson
    (Dem)

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Mailing Address PO BOX 3461
MONROE, NC 28111
Contact Phone (704) 565-9535
Twitter @vote4twilson
Position/philosophy statement I believe that public service is everyone's responsibility. With that belief, I am dedicated to the community, committed to justice.
I returned to Union County in 2003, and have placed a focus on working with families, and supporting youth. I have a passion for change and advocating for young clients. My passion for inspiring others is not just in the courtroom, but volunteering in the community. I proudly served as the 1st African-American board member of the Union County Board of Elections. I am currently the chair of the Union County Bar Indigent Committee. I currently serve on the Monroe Parks and Recreation Commission and Board. I have been the Cheer Commissioner at Monroe Middle School since 2013, as well as a volunteer with the Monroe Athletic Foundation. I serve as the Director of the Christian Education and Youth Missionary Director, and am currently in my 8th year serving as a Legal Advisor for the Wadesboro/Monroe District of the AME Zion Church. In the interest of providing youth with guidance and opportunities, I've assisted with the creation of 2 mentoring programs focusing on at-risk youth in middle/high school. I helped to start and coach a Track & Field program in Monroe. Over the years I have collected donations for Turning Point, The Shelter, and UCPS. I've mentored with Women in the Making, Hearts for Monroe, and at elementary/middle schools. I'm actively involved as a member of the NAACP. I am a Charter member of Union County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. My service to and experience in the community has prepared me for this judgeship.
The role of District Court Judge is to be fair and impartial. As a judge, decisions are based on facts and laws, where political platforms have no bearing. The role as judge is to interpret the laws as they are written.
The greatest obstacle to justice is injustice. The greatest of these injustices, is rendering judgement unfairly and inequitably. Our justice system is threatened when we do not render judgement for the same offense, with the similar outcomes. The presence of bias and prejudice creates lack of trust and belief in our judicial system by those who feel most threatened by it. This bias and prejudice is often caused by lack of familiarity with the people and the community that judges serve. Spending countless volunteer hours in the community serving diverse people has prepared me to be a judge who will listen, be open minded, and serve as fair and impartial. As an attorney working with diverse clients, I have gained perspective of the breadth of people in the community and their needs. Given my experience both professionally and through volunteerism, my role would be to serve as a judge who rules equally and fairly to all people.
I bring over 16 years of legal experience in criminal, family and juvenile matters. I am a private defense attorney in Union County. I have experience representing clients in both Criminal District and Superior Court, including representation for DWI treatment court. I have 3 years of experience in Family Drug Treatment Court. I have represented clients in domestic cases. I have also both prosecuted and defended child support matters. With a passion for children, I began practicing in 2003 in Juvenile Court with the intention of inspiring and guiding youth. Over the years, I have not only represented youth in juvenile court, but served as guardian in these cases. Additionally, I have represented parent's rights in Department of Social Services Court. The last 6 years I have worked as the conflict Guardian ad Litem attorney, assuring that the voice and best interest of children are considered.