State sets special filing period

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

Eligible Tri-County residents can file for a vacant judicial seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals during a special filing period the first week in August.

The special filing period will be from noon on Friday to noon on Friday, Aug. 8.

Current Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals John C. Martin will step down from the bench and retire on Aug. 1.

North Carolina Chief Justice Sarah Parker has designated Judge Linda McGee as chief judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals effective Aug. 1.

All judge positions in North Carolina are elected on a non-partisan basis.

Candidates must file a notice with the State Board of Elections office and pay a filing fee of 1 percent of the annual salary of the office sought — which is $1,331 for the state court of appeals judge.

Tonya Burnette, Granville County Board of Elections director, said candidates must be 21 years of age or older, a registered voter, and residing in the applicable jurisdiction or district as of the time of filing.

The jurisdiction of Court of Appeals is statewide.

She said interested candidates must first take the form to their county board of elections to verify their voter registration.

“If they file for the seat, they have to come to county board to get registration verified before they take the notice of candidacy to the state board,” she said. “All filing will be done at the state board but they do need to come to the county board first.”


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