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Candidates for Wynn’s old seat face off in Greensboro (access required)

The first few candidates for the N.C. Court of Appeals got five minutes to plead their case before members of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys in Greensboro Oct. 1. But the candidates for the seat now held by Judge Cressie Thigpen Jr. got only three minutes each. It's not that they're any less important. But it's part of the deal when you're running in a race with 13 other people. And the forum held by the NCADA as part of its fall seminar may have been the first time a judicial candidate asked to be second choice. "If you don't make me first choice, I hope I'll rate No. 2," said Daniel Garner, counsel to the N.C. Commissioner of Banks. "Or No. 3," he added.

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Judicial hopefuls meet for second forum; 13 candidates for Wynn seat to meet later (access required)

Former Supreme Court Justice Willis Whichard, who moderated yesterday's judicial forum in Raleigh, asked Judge Rick Elmore and his opponent Steven Walker (pictured) about diversity on the court. "I think we need some young people," said Walker, 30. He pointed out that the state has had a dozen Court of Appeals judges in their 30s, and it would "not be a travesty to make it 13."

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Winston-Salem event starts discussion for appellate court races (access required)

Constitutional interpretation, judicial elections and contributory negligence were on the table - along with pitchers of ice water - as eight appellate court candidates gathered in Winston-Salem at a judicial forum that served as an unofficial kickoff of the campaign season. The event, sponsored by the Federalist Society, brought together seven candidates for the Court of Appeals and one candidate running for a vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

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Appeals court contest brings rare endorsement from ex-justices

The yard signs aren't up yet. But the websites are up and running as candidates for North Carolina's appellate courts put together their - as usual - low-key campaigns. The November ballot will feature one contested Supreme Court seat and three incumbent Court of Appeals judges fighting to keep their spots. But one race in particular is drawing more attention than usual - a Court of Appeals battle pitting a sitting judge against a 2005 law school graduate who has never practiced law.

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