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Tenth J.D. Bar Election to Select Nominees for District Court Judge Position, February 15

Tuesday, January 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Justice
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To: All Members of the Tenth Judicial District Bar
From: Tenth Judicial District Bar President Nancy Grace

This is formal notice of an election of the Tenth Judicial District Bar to be conducted February 15, 2019 to select nominees for the vacant District Court Judge position in District 10B resulting from Judge Craig Croom’s appointment to a Special Superior Court seat. We will select five nominees to submit to Governor Roy Cooper for his consideration in filling this position. The election will be held at the Wake County Justice Center. Voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only Tenth Judicial District members who reside in the District are eligible to vote.

1. Location of Election Meeting. The election will be held in Wake County Justice Center, Courtroom 102, on the first floor.

2. Candidate Qualification and Notification. The General Assembly in Session Law 2018-14 divided Wake County into six separate electoral districts for District Court Judicial seats. District Court Judges were required to run in these new districts in the 2018 general election and in all future elections. To qualify as a nominee for this position, a member must be a resident of District 10B, and be duly authorized to practice law in the Tenth Judicial District, which consists of Wake County. Click here to view a map of the new electoral districts. Any such qualifying member who wishes to be a candidate for this judicial seat must notify the president of the Tenth Judicial District Bar of his or her intention in writing and provide proof of residency, such as a copy of a driver’s license. Notification should be emailed, mailed or delivered to the following address:

Nancy Grace, President
c/o Whitney D.G. von Haam, Executive Director
Tenth Judicial District Bar
8000 Weston Parkway, Suite 330, Cary, NC 27513

To be a candidate in the election, the member must ensure that such written notification is received at the above address no later than noon on Monday, January 28. All qualifying members whose written notifications are received by this deadline will be placed on the ballot.

3. Voluntary Candidate Information. Persons desiring to be considered in this election are requested to submit a statement of personal and professional information concerning his or her credentials by Monday, January 28, pursuant to guidelines adopted by the Bench-Bar Committee and approved by the Boards of Directors of the Tenth Judicial District Bar. Information submitted by applicants, along with the minimum qualifications developed by the Bench-Bar Committee, will be posted at the website of the Wake County Bar Association ( several days prior to the election meeting to assist members of the Tenth Judicial District in evaluating applicants. We anticipate posting these materials by Tuesday, January 29 and sending all members a message by email once those candidate materials have been uploaded. Participation by candidates in this evaluation process is voluntary. Information regarding the guidelines and the submission process is linked at the bottom of this email.

4. Voting. The voting will be conducted by secret written ballots. Voting is limited to those attorneys licensed to practice in North Carolina, who reside in Wake County, and who are members in good standing of the Tenth Judicial District Bar. Each such member is entitled to vote for up to five candidates. Ballots marked for more than five candidates will be disqualified. The five candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast will be the nominees submitted by the Tenth Judicial District Bar to the governor for his consideration. Voting will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. There will not be a candidates’ forum held. The ballot count shall be finalized immediately after the meeting concludes.

5. Results of Election. Following the meeting, the names of the five candidates receiving the most votes will be communicated to Governor Cooper along with the number of votes received by each. The Tenth Judicial District Bar members will be notified by email of the names of the five nominees, and the names will also be listed on the WCBA and Tenth J.D. Bar website and in the next broadcast email to the entire Tenth Judicial District membership.

Please make every effort to vote. Thank you.

For the Evaluation Process Guidelines click here

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