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Ervin to challenge Newby for Supreme Court



Court of Appeals Judge Sam J. Ervin IV announced that he will run for the one Supreme Court seat open for election in November – that of sitting Justice Paul M. Newby, who is seeking re-election.

Ervin, the grandson of Senate Watergate Committee chairman Sam J. Ervin Jr., has served on the Court of Appeals since January 2009.  Prior to that he served on the N.C. Utilities Commission for ten years and had been in private practice in his native Morganton.

“The law is the glue that holds our society together,” Ervin said in announcing his candidacy. “In order for the law to play its intended role, it must be applied dispassionately, fairly, and conscientiously. I have done my best to do this as a member of the Court of Appeals and will take this commitment to the Supreme Court.”



Newby came to the Court in 2004 after 19 years with the U.S. attorney’s office in Raleigh. Prior to that he was general counsel for Cannon Mills Realty and Development Corp. in Kannapolis.  He began his law practice with Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A in Asheville.

As stated on his campaign website, Newby has written numerous opinions reflective of his philosophy of judicial restraint, enforcement of statutes as intended by the General Assembly, and enforcement of contracts pursuant to the intent of the parties. He announced his candidacy for re-election last week.

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