On August 12, 2013, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a bill that created a voter ID requirement, cut early voting, eliminated the state's innovative and popular public financing program for judicial candidates, and raised the judicial campaign contribution limit. The public financing program was popular with voters, and the vast majority of candidates participated.
As a result, this year was the first time in a decade that North Carolina Supreme Court candidates were able to raise campaign cash—much of it from attorneys and corporations with a financial interest in the court's rulings. The May 5 primary election saw an unprecedented $1.3 million in spending for the only contested seat.
Nearly half of this money came from the Republican State Leadership Committee, or RSLC, a group in Washington, D.C., that helps elect Republican legislators across the United States. One of the biggest donors to the RSLC in North Carolina is Duke Energy, the country’s largest electric utility. Duke Energy’s power plants produced $24 billion in revenue in 2013.
On November 4th remember to vote the complete ballot and send fair and impartial judges back to serve the people of North Carolina.
NC Supreme Court: Sam Ervin ervinforsupremecourt.com
Judge Sam J. Ervin, IV is seeking a seat on the NC Supreme Court. He has served on the NC Court of Appeals since 2009. He was a member of the NC Utilities Commission from 1999 to 2009. From 1981 to 1999 he was in private law practice. He is an NC native, a life-long resident of Morganton, and the grandson of NC Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. He graduated from NC public schools, Davidson College, and Harvard Law School. He is married and has 4 adult children.
NC Supreme Court: Robin Hudson RobinHudson.org
Justice Robin Hudson has 37 years of legal experience. She was elected to the NC Supreme Court in 2006. In 2000, she was elected to the NC Court of Appeals -- the first woman elected without being appointed first. She has decided more than 3,000 cases on appeal. She earned her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from UNC-CH Law School. She is married and has 2 adult children.
NC Supreme Court: Cheri Beasley justiceCheriBeasley.com
Justice Cheri Beasley was appointed to the NC Supreme Court in 2012. Before that, she served for 4 years on the NC Court of Appeals. She served as District Court Judge in Cumberland County for 10 years and as an Assistant Public Defender in Cumberland County. She has been a Lecturer and Presenter at both the UNC-CH and NCCU schools of law. She and her husband have twin sons.
NC Court of Appeals: Mark Davis judgemarkdavis.com
Judge Mark Davis is seeking to retain his seat on the NC Court of Appeals, and his campaign has broad bipartisan support. He had 19 years of legal experience in the private and public sectors before joining the court. He is a former Special Deputy Attorney General and former General Counsel to the Governor. Throughout his career he has represented and worked closely with NC law enforcement. His wife, a former school teacher, trains student teachers at St. Augustine’s University. They have three children.
NC Court of Appeals: Lucy Inman judgelucyinman.com
Judge Lucy Inman is seeking a seat on the NC Court of Appeals, and she has received the bipartisan endorsements of 4 former Chief Justices of the NC Supreme Court. For the last 4 years she has served as a Superior Court Judge, presiding across NC. She has 24 years of legal experience. She was educated in NC public schools and earned her B.A. from NCSU and her J.D. from UNC-CH Law School. She is married and has two children.