Wake County Judicial Watch

Jefferson Griffin Appointed as Wake County District Court Judge

Congrats to Jefferson Griffin on his appointment by Governor Pat McCrory to the Wake County District Court bench. Jefferson mounted a strong campaign in the Republican primary to replace Colon Willoughby last spring that ultimately resulted in a run-off. Lorrin Freeman, the Democrat, ultimately won over John Bryant last fall. Judge Griffin fills the vacancy…

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Lucy Inman Endorsed for Court of Appeals

The News & Observer today endorsed Lucy Inman, a Superior Court Judge appointed by Governor Perdue in 2010, in her bid to become a North Carolina Court of Appeals judge. The N&O noted: Lucy Inman gets The News & Observer endorsement because of her experience in a higher level court and because of an illustrious…

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Wake County District Court Races: Croom v. Gilliam and Ansley v. Meyer

The North Carolina Bar Association conducts election-time surveys of lawyers (pdf) in the state about the qualifications of people who are running for judgeships. While the Judicial Performance Evaluation Surveys are not widely distributed, they are designed to inform the general public about the candidates for judicial seats. In North Carolina, while we have elected…

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Bar Election: Winners and Losers

Who are the big winner’s in today’s bar election to fill the opening left by Ned Mangum’s appointment: David Snipes Matt Lively “Woofer” Davidian Chris Dozier These four Republicans were nominated by the bar to serve the rest of Mangum’s term. Seth Blum was nominated, but he is a Democrat and stands no chance of…

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Wake Judicial Candidate Watch: Chris Dozier

The appointment by the governor of sitting District Court Judge Ned Mangum as the acting interim District Attorney leaves a vacancy on the Wake County District Court bench until next January. (Mangum is running unopposed for judge, and will resume his post in 2015 once Wake County has a new elected District Attorney.) Chris Dozier,…

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Wake County Elections Watch: Final Tally

The filing period for local elections closed Friday, February 28 at 12:00 PM. The key races I’ve been watching are the Wake County District Attorney race, the Wake County Clerk Race, and various local Superior Court and District Court races. These races will probably have more direct impact on Wake County voters lives than various…

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Wake County Elections Watch: Candidate Filings

Candidates who have filed with the relevant Board of Elections as of 9:00 am, Friday, February 28, 2014: Wake County District Attorney Jefferson Griffin – Republican Jeff Cruden – Republican T. Allen Swaim – Republican John Walter Bryant – Republican Lorrin Freeman – Democrat Benjamin Oren Zellinger – Democrat Wake County Clerk of Court Jennifer…

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Wake County Judicial Election Watch: Craig Croom

Craig Croom, a former Wake County District Court judge, has announced his bid to be re-elected to the bench. A Carolina, grad, Judge Croom has an impressive and varied resume, beginning as a Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy, then attending law school at North Carolina Central in 1994, working as an assistant district attorney, before joining…

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