Seats to be filled:
Statewide, on Nov. 6, 2018, North Carolina voters will will elect a state Supreme Court justice and three state Court of Appeals judges, all for eight-year terms.
In judicial District 27B, comprising Cleveland Lincoln counties, voters will elect a Superior Court judge for an eight-year term and a district court judge for four.
27B Judges File for Re-election:
Two veteran Democratic judges, both of Cleveland County, have filed for re-election in District 27B. Superior Court Judge Forrest Donald Bridges, in office since 1995, has no Republican or Democratic opposition. District Court Judge Ali B. Paksoy Jr., who filed for a fourth four-year term, has one Republican opponent from Lincoln County.
N.C. Supreme Court/ Appeals Court:
Anita Earls carries Democrats' hope for another seat on the N C. Supreme Court, which currently has a 4-3 Democratic majority. She is challenging incumbent Republican Judge Barbara Jackson, who is seeking re-election. Also on the ballot for this seat will be another Republican, Christopher (Chris) Anglin of Raleigh, who appears to have filed on the June 29 last filing day.
Earls is a lawyer who has played a major role in lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s redistricting plans as well as its voter ID law and other voting restrictions.
On the Court of Appeals, Republicans have a 10-5 majority. Three seats will be on the ballot this November. One of those seats is held by incumbent Democrat John S. Arrowood, who has filed for re-election to a full term.
Two other seats are becoming vacant as Republican incumbents retire. Filed for those seats are Democrats Allegra Collins and Tony Hampson. Collins is a Raleigh attorney who teaches at Campbell University's law school and often represents clients in the state appellate courts. Hampson is a partner in a Raleigh law firm and leads its appelate practice.
For 2018, the N. C. General Assembly canceled the usual party primary for judicial offices and instead established that all candidates for a seat would be listed on the general election ballot,
with their party affiliation identified. The special judicial filing period was June 18-29.
Some were concerned earlier this year that the absence of a party primary would lead to a long ballot of judge candidates with little guidance for voters unfamiliar with them.
That didn't happen, because the N. C. Democratic and Republican parties took the unusual step of making early endorsements among potential candidates. In large part, the candidate filings show the Democratic field narrowed to those statewide candidates receiving their party endorsement. In other words, Democrats not running against one another!