The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association’s announces its endorsement of Judges Sam Ervin, Linda McGee, Wanda Bryant and Cressie Thigpen

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As a part of North Carolina Police Benevolent Association's core functions for over twenty years, we have objectively evaluated judicial candidates for our appellate courts. Our judges on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals make important decisions that profoundly affect law enforcement and our lives.

North Carolina Police Benevolent Association
As a part of North Carolina Police Benevolent Association’s core functions for over twenty years, we have objectively evaluated judicial candidates for our appellate courts.

As a part of North Carolina Police Benevolent Association’s core functions for over twenty years, we have objectively evaluated judicial candidates for our appellate courts. Our judges on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals make important decisions that profoundly affect law enforcement and our lives.

Our Judicial Evaluation Program objectively evaluates judges in a number of important areas: their official judicial record generally and on important issues for law enforcement officers, their respect for traditional constitutional values, their overall employment related history, their ethics and professional responsibility, their responses to specific legal questions regarding the rights and interests of law enforcement officers, and their interview with the PBA screening panel. After careful consideration, we proudly announce the endorsement of these judges.

Sam J. Ervin IV for the Supreme Court
Judge Sam Ervin of the Court of Appeals is seeking the available seat on our Supreme Court. Judge Ervin has over 30 years of distinguished judicial and legal experience. Judge Ervin has been a tough, fair and brilliant judge. Judge Ervin’s record on law enforcement matters has been extraordinary. Judge Ervin has law enforcement officers in his family, and he understands the problems confronting the police community. Judge Ervin is the grandson of Senator Sam Ervin and son of former Chief Judge Sam Ervin III of the U.S. Court of Appeals, both of whom were extremely supportive of police officers in their federal service. Judge Ervin is by far the most qualified candidate for the Supreme Court.

Judges Linda McGee, Wanda Bryant and Cressie Thigpen
Each of these very fine judges is seeking reelection to the Court of Appeals. They all have vast judicial and previous litigation experience and are highly respected for their sound decisions and fairness. These judges have earned widespread respect for their work and integrity. These judges have made important rulings involving a vast range of issues of importance to PBA, and are most qualified.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, Inc. is a division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc., a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to improving the law enforcement profession. PBA members are full-time or retired employees of the various federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement and correctional agencies in North Carolina. This professional association, funded by membership dues and citizen contributions, provides legal, legislative, disciplinary and other representation to member officers as well as a salary replacement death benefit to members’ beneficiaries. The PBA prohibits members from engaging in or condoning any strike by law enforcement officers, electing instead to represent members through aggressive political action. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ncpba.org.

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