Judge Ned Mangum, appointed as interim DA on March 27, had told the News & Observer that he was considering a possible run for District Attorney. In January, he took his his name out of the running for the permanent elected DA position.
Judge Mangum posted to Facebook yesterday that he is going to file for re-election as Wake County District Court Judge and not run for any other office.
I posted last week about Mangum’s contemplation of a run. The TL;DR: I supported it, but am glad that he will seek to keep his seat on the District Court Bench.
Mangum is a good judge, someone who is well respected among his peers and by prosecutors and defense counsel, and has wide support that will likely mean re-election.
As it stands, rumors are that two Assistant District Attorneys have suggested they might run as Republicans for the elected office. I’ll post more when such things become more than rumors, as it would be inappropriate to put anyone’s job in jeopardy if those rumors turn out to be just that.
For the record: It’s probably completely inappropriate to quote William Tecumseh Sherman in a southern city like Raleigh, but if we don’t get some sensible, viable conservative candidates for Wake County District Attorney, I may have to go back on the Shermanesque pledge I made recently: “I hereby state, and mean all that I say, that I never have been and never will be a candidate for [Wake County DA]; that if nominated by either party, I should peremptorily decline; and even if unanimously elected I should decline to serve.”