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Pittman files for district court judge




By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Pitt County assistant district attorney filed to run for one of two District Court judge seats open in the county on the third day of filing for judicial seats statewide.

Jarrette Pittman is looking to fill the seat vacated by retiring District Court Judge Gwynett P. Hilburn’s. He will face Mario Perez, a Greenville attorney appointed to fill the remainder of Hillburn’s term.  

Pittman released the following statement in a news release Wednesday morning:

“It has been an honor to serve as prosecutor in our community. I want to continue this fight for justice as Pitt County’s next District Court judge. I am running for District Court judge because I want to give back even more to the families at the place I am glad to call home.” 

Pittman was sworn in as an assistant district attorney in Pitt County in 2014. He is currently the president of the Pitt County Bar Association.

He has prosecuted misdemeanor cases ranging from minor traffic offenses, impaired driving offenses, juvenile crimes, non-capital murder cases, and felony drug offenses to felony financial crimes. “In spite of the case, fairness is most important to me,” Pittman said.

Pittman is a native of Scotland Neck. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William & Mary Law School. He began his legal career working for North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley when she served at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Pittman also was a junior associate at the Ruffin Law Firm  where he defended economically disadvantaged clients and juveniles. Prior to arriving to Pitt County, he served as an assistant district attorney in his home county of Halifax.

Perez was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to fill Hilburn’s seat in May. He filed to seek election to the seat on Monday. Both men are Democrats. No Republican has filed to run for the seat.

There will be no primary for judicial seats this year, so the top vote-earner will win the seat regardless of party.

In additions to Pittmen and Perez, Lee Teague filed for re-election to his District Court judge on Monday. No candidate has filed yet to challenge Teague, a Republican.

Teague was appointed by former Gov. Pat McCrory in 2013 to replace retired District Court Judge Joseph A. Blick Jr. He won the 2014 general election to retain his seat, defeating former prosecutor Faris Dixon.

The filing period for local and state judicial seats continues through July 6.

Pitt County Soil and Water

A third candidate has joined the race for two seats on the Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation Board of Supervisors. Christopher Scott Carpenter of of Greenville is running to serve on the board along with John Howard Steadman and Martha Candace Pearce.

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.

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com and 252-329-9566. Follow him on Twitter @TylerstocksGDR