NEW JUDICIAL PROCEDURES
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On June 11, 2018, the North Carolina Republican Party (NC GOP) in Convention in Hickory, North Carolina, passed a modification to the State Plan of Organization (POO) concerning endorsement of Judicial Candidates for 2018.
This year, the Judicial filing period closes on June 26, 2018. There will be no primary races to allow the electorate at-large to select their preferred candidate. Basic practical politics recognizes that we do not want to dilute our Conservative vote for Constitutional-based Justices and Judges for several candidates, no matter how well qualified they may be – and we have many well-qualified potential candidates.
Based on the modified POO, the Executive Committee in session on June 10, 2018 did endorse candidates in four statewide elections.
For the North Carolina Supreme Court, current Justice Barbara Jackson is seeking re-election. There were no other announced candidates, and Justice Jackson received the endorsement of the NC GOP.
For the Court of Appeals, there were two seats were only two Republicans had indicated an interest in seeking election. Andrew (Drew) Heath and Chuck Kitchen were both endorsed for their respective seats.
For the Court of Appeals seat currently held by Anne Marie Calabria, and for which she has stated that she will not seek re-election, two candidates had expressed an interest. Jefferson Griffin and Sandra Ray both desired to file for the seat; both are sitting Judges in the NC Court system now, and both are highly qualified. After hearing presentations from both Griffin and Ray, the Executive Committee voted to endorse Jefferson Griffin for the seat.
Practical politics says we should not split our vote in a single election, or we will facilitate the election of a less-than-favorable jurist. The North Carolina GOP hopes that potential candidates will respect the endorsements and not file in opposition to the endorsed candidates. Candidates are still free to exert their right to file.