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Judicial candidates begin filing today


The Daily Reflector

Monday, June 18, 2018

The two-week filing period for local and state judicial seats begins at noon today, while filing for two supervisor seats on the Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation District board continues through July 6.

The statewide judicial seats on the Nov. 6 ballot will include one N.C. Supreme Court seat and three N.C. Court of Appeals judgeships. Two Pitt County District Court seats also will be on the ballot.

Statewide, voters will elect about three dozen superior court judges and about 120 district court judges, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

All candidates will file their Notice of Candidacy with the state elections board. Candidates must pay a filing fee, which is based on the seat being sought, and file paperwork prior to the noon June 29 deadline.

Two Greenville attorneys have already announced their plans to run for the seat previously held by retired judge P. Gwynett Hilburn.

Assistant District Attorney Jarrette M. Pittman announced his intentions in December. Mario Perez announced when Gov. Roy Cooper appointed him to the seat in March.

The seat currently held by District Court Judge Lee Teague also is up for election.

The news release said candidates must receive certification from their county board of elections before filing with the state board. They also must must include their North Carolina State Bar number on their Notice of Candidacy.

The election of local and state judges was changed by the General Assembly last year.

Previously candidates ran in a primary election with the top two vote getters placed on the November ballot. No judicial primary was held this year.

However, the legislation that made the changes remains subject to litigation, but barring any court-imposed change candidates will run in November with no primary, according to the news release.

Soil and Water supervisor

Only one person, John H. Steadman of Greenville, has filed as a candidate for the two seats on the Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation District board, Elections Director Dave Davis said.

The board, along with district staff, is responsible for developing and carrying out a comprehensive natural resource conservation program in Pitt County, according to the agency’s website.

The five-person board is a combination of elected and appointed members.

Davis said eligible candidates must be registered Pitt County voters and pay a $5 filing fee.