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Filing begins for district court judge, soil and water supervisor

Mario Perez

Mario Perez


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Filing for judicial seats in Pitt County began on Monday with a recently appointed District Court judge filing to run for post.

Mario Perez was appointed to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Chief District Court Judge P. Gwynett Hilburn in May. On Monday, Perez filed his formal notice of candidacy with the North Carolina Board of Elections.

Perez would be the first Hispanic elected to serve as a judge in Pitt County and the first Mexican-American to serve as a judge in the state, he said in a news release. 

On Feb. 15, members of The Pitt County Bar District 3A recommended Perez for appointment to Gov. Roy Cooper, voting 151 votes to 39 votes for Jarrette Pittman, who has announced he would file for the seat.

“I was honored to receive such overwhelming support from my colleagues in the Pitt County Bar as well as the governor, and I believe that my experience as an attorney, as well as my meaningful long-term ties to Pitt County, played a role in their confidence in me to uphold the seat of District Court Judge,” Perez said.

A 29 year resident of Pitt County, Perez has more than 34 years legal experience in the areas of criminal, domestic, juvenile, family law, abuse and neglect, personal injury, workers’ compensation and civil matters in Pitt County superior and district courts.

The filing period for local and state judicial seats continues through July 6. In Pitt County, the District Court seat currently held by Judge Lee Teague also is up for election.

Soil and Water

Greenville’s Candace Pearce on Monday became the second person to file for two seats on the Pitt county Soil and Water Conservation Board of Supervisors. 

John H. Steadman of Greenville filed previously. 

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.

Eligible candidates must be registered Pitt County voters and pay a $5 filing fee.