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NC District Court Judge District 26 Seat 4

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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    Donald Cureton, Jr.

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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?

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I perceive some of the greatest obstacles to justice are race, education, and economic status. I think I have a role in addressing these obstacles. I am on the executive and leadership team for Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ). In those capacities I help plan and develop strategies for educating our community on implicit bias and systemic racism, and how these impact the individuals that come into court profoundly. Moreover, in furthering discussions about these topics, I hope our community, especially policy makers, drastically modify our systems so that equity can be created. Additionally, while on the bench, I consider how these obstacles are relevant to the fact patterns of each case to ensure that my decisions are just and legal.

Professionally, for almost 10 years, I have presided over all three of these types of cases. Before becoming a judge, I had extensive trial experience on the district and superior court levels as a criminal defense attorney. With this cross section of experience, I have the specific knowledge of the laws and procedures governing each area, as well as the agencies and parties typically involved. I am able to use this knowledge to better understand the nuances of the cases in each area and make educated and righteous decisions.