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Tenth J.D. Bar Election to Select Nominees for District Court Judge Positions, September 2

Monday, August 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
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To: All Members of the Tenth Judicial District Bar
From: Tenth Judicial District Bar President Adam M. Gottsegen


This is formal notice of an election of the Tenth Judicial District Bar to be conducted September 2, 2020 to select nominees for two vacant District Court Judge positions: District 10A resulting from Judge Denning’s
resignation and District 10C resulting from Chief District Court Judge Robert Rader’s retirement. Tenth Judicial District Bar members will select five nominees to submit to Governor Roy Cooper for his consideration in filling each position .If five or fewer nominees submit their applications for either position, there will be no need for an election as all candidates will be submitted to Governor Cooper. If more than five candidates submit applications, ballots will be provided electronically to members to be printed individually and ballot drop-off will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2 in locations, to be determined, around Wake County . Only Tenth Judicial District members who reside in Wake County are eligible to vote.

1. Location of Election Meeting. If more than five candidates submit applications for either open seat, ballots will be provided electronically to members to be printed individually and ballot drop-off will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2 in locations, to be determined, around Wake County.

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 the Denning seat, a member must be a resident of District 10A, and be duly authorized to practice law in the Tenth Judicial District, which consists of Wake County.Judge Denning was re-elected to a four-year term in 2018.  His new term began January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2022.

To qualify as a nominee for the Rader seat, a member must be a resident of District 10C, and be duly authorized to practice law in the Tenth Judicial District, which consists of Wake County.Judge Rader will retire on August 31, and his seat is open from September 1 until the end of this year.

Any such qualifying member who wishes to be a candidate for either 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:

Adam M. Gottsegen, President
c/o Whitney D.G. von Haam, Executive Director
Tenth Judicial District Bar
whitney@wakecountybar.org
or
712 West North Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

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, August 24 . 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 bynoon on Monday, August 24 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 (www.wakecountybar.org) 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, August 25 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ballots will be provided electronically to members to be printed individually and dropped off at locations, to be determined,around Wake County from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  on Wednesday, September 2. There will not be a candidates’ forum held. The ballot count shall be finalized immediately after all ballots are collected.

5. Results of Election. Following the meeting, the names of the 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 or fewer nominees for each open position, 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.

Click here for the Evaluation Process Guidelines.


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