NCAJ PAC Endorses Two Incumbents, Two Challengers for Statewide Judicial Races

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The North Carolina Advocates for Justice Political Action Committee ("NCAJ PAC") announced its endorsements this week for the four statewide judicial contests voters will decide in November.

For the one NC Supreme Court seat on the ballot, the NCAJ PAC endorses NC Court of Appeals Judge Sam J. Ervin, IV who is running against incumbent Justice Paul Newby. Judge Sam Ervin practiced law for nearly two decades handling a wide range of criminal and civil matters before serving on the North Carolina Utilities Commission for ten years. He was elected in 2008 to serve on the NC Court of Appeals.

There are three NC Court of Appeals seats on the ballot. The NCAJ PAC endorses incumbent Judge Cressie Thigpen over Raleigh attorney Chris Dillon, incumbent Judge Linda McGee over Raleigh attorney David Robinson, and District Court Judge Marty McGee over incumbent Judge Wanda Bryant. Judge Cressie Thigpen has 35 years experience as a practicing attorney, served as a Special Superior Court Judge, and is serving his second year on the Court of Appeals. Judge Linda McGee is one of the most experienced members of the Court of Appeals, having served for 16 years on the court and practicing law for 17 years prior to being elected to the bench. Judge Marty McGee is a District Court Judge in Cabarrus County with over a decade of judicial experience in civil, criminal, and family cases and, if elected, would be the most experienced member of the Court of Appeals in terms of experience as a trial court judge.

The PAC made its endorsements based on a review of the candidates’ judicial records and personal backgrounds, input from NCAJ members, and in-person interviews of all eight candidates. The judicial races are non-partisan, but for informational purposes Justice Paul Newby, Judge Marty McGee, Chris Dillon, and David Robinson are registered Republicans while Judge Sam J. Ervin, IV, Judge Linda McGee, Judge Cressie Thigpen, and Judge Wanda Bryant are registered Democrats.

The NCAJ PAC does not make endorsements in local judicial races for superior or district court. For more information, please contact Todd Barlow at todd(at)ncaj(dot)com.

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