Candidate field set for  judge seats on November general election ballot

AP news coverage: 
North Carolina judicial elections all but set as filing ends
 For 218, the N. C. General Assembly canceled the usual party primary for judicial offices and instead established that all candidates for a seat would be listed on the general election ballot, with their party affiliation identified. The special judicial filing period was June 18-29. Here is the state eections board list of all candidates that filed during the period.

Seats to be filled: 
Statewide, on Nov. 6, 2018, North Carolina voters will will elect a state Supreme Court justice and three state Court of Appeals judges, all for eight-year terms.

In judicial District 27B, comprising Cleveland Lincoln counties, voters will elect a Superior Court judge for an eight-year term and a district court judge for four.

Incumbent Democratic 27B judges file for re-election

Two veteran Democratic judges, both of Cleveland County, have filed for re-election in District 27B. Superior Court Judge Forrest Donald Bridges,in office since 1995, has no Republican or Democratic opposition.  District Court Judge Ali B. Paksoy, Jr., who filed for a fourth four-year term, has one Republican opponent from Lincoln County.

Democrats seek gains on N.  C. Supreme Court, Appeals Court

Anita Earls carries Democrats' hope for another seat on the N C. Supreme Court, which currently has a 4-3 Democratic majority. She is challenging incumbent Republican Judge Barbara Jackson, who is seeking re-election. Also on the ballot for this seat will be another Republican, Christopher (Chris) Anglin of Raleigh, who appears to have filed on the June 29 last filing day.

Earls is a lawyer who has played a major role in lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s redistricting plans as well as its voter ID law and other voting restrictions.

On the state Court of Appeals, Republicans have a 10-5 majority. Three seats will be on the ballot this November.One of those seats is held by incumbent Democrat John S. Arrowood, who has filed for re-election to a full term.

Two other seats are becoming  vacant as Republican incumbents retire. Filed for those seats are Democrats   Allegra Collins and  Tony Hampson

Collins is a Raleigh attorney who teaches at Campbell University's law school and often represents clients in the state appellate courts. Hampson is a partner in a Raleigh law firm and leads its appelate practice.

Without primary, party endorsements reflected in judicial candidate filings

Some were concerned earlier this year that the absence of a party primary would lead to a long ballot of judge candidates with little guidance for voters unfamiliar with them.

That didn't happen, because the N. C. Democratic and Republican parties took the unusual step of making early endorsements among potential candidates. 

In large part, the candidate filings show the Democratic  field narrowed to those statewide candidates receiving their party endorsement. In other words, Democrats not running against one another!

This article from the Raleigh News & Observer tells about the process of the parties' endorsement and also offers information about the candidates.

Below: Democratic judicial candidates Anita Earls, left, and John Arrowood shown at the Tenth District Democratic convention in Shelby in May.