NC District Court Judge District 22A 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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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?
My judicial philosophy is informed by the pragmatism of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Originalism of Justices Rehnquist and Scalia.
My candidacy is characterized by long standing legal experience, legal scholarship and community involvement. i have been a trial lawyer for 25 years. My legal scholarship has included the publication of two legal treatises in the area of Juvenile Law, an important part of District Court practice. The first, North Carolina Juvenile Law: Practice and Procedure, is the longest published treatise on the subject in the state and which has been cited by law journals and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. My second publication, Legal Rights of Children, is a national publication. Finally, I have both a demonstrated record of both commitment to public service as well as commitment to conservative values. I have served as a PTO president, served the Crosby Scholar and Boy and Girl Scout organizations, been an active member of two church congregations, and have been active both in college and as an adult with the Republican Party, where I currently serve as the Precinct Statesville 6 Chairman.
The platform of the political party should guide voters toward selecting judges who share similar judicial philosophies. For me, that means that as a judge I would decide cases from an originalist and pragmatist philosophy which values the intent of the Constitutional framers as well as the legislative process and employing common sense interpretation of laws and statutes. I am opposed to judicial activism.
The greatest obstacle to justice is judicial apathy. I intend to be a true public servant and expect to be a continuous presence in the courtroom, working hard to adjudicate critical legal issues before me in a deliberate, thoughtful, and legally appropriate way every day of the work week.
I have been a trial attorney for 25 years. I have extensive experience in juvenile matters, having handled hundreds of cases in abuse, neglect and dependency. I also have experience handling juvenile undisciplined and delinquency cases. In private practice, I had an extensive criminal
defense, appellate, and family law practice.
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