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The time has once again come for the North Carolina General Elections set to take place in less than two months on Nov. 8th. The importance of general elections is that they typically determine the positions of most members of North Carolina political bodies, who are responsible for making decisions on legislation, policies and other government tasks for North Carolina. These general elections involve all levels of political standing and have at least two candidates running for each position.


The two highlights of this upcoming general election are the elections for State Supreme Court Justice and State Appellate Court Justice. This year's State Supreme Court elections will determine the 3rd and 5th seats. These seats are important because the officials in these positions will be responsible for fixing any problems that occur with the inferior state courts. These inferior state courts are simply lower courts that have specified jurisdictions. Lucy Inman is the Democratic candidate for the 3rd seat, while Richard D. Dietz is the Republican candidate. Trey Allen is the Republican candidate for the 5th seat and Samual "Sam" J. Ervin IV is the Democratic candidate. The State Appellate Court Justice positions need to be filled for the 9th and 11th seats. These seats are significant because they aid in evaluating appeals of lower court decisions. For the 9th seat, Brad A. Salmon is the Democratic candidate and Donna Stroud is the Republican candidate. Lastly, for the 11th seat, Darren Jackson is the Democratic candidate and Michael J. Standing is the Republican candidate.


Aside from the highlights, the upcoming elections also have positions open for candidates for the U.S. Senate, which include Cheri Beasley (Democrat), Shannon W. Bray (Libertarian), Ted Budd (Republican), and Matthew P. Hoh (Green). The elected senators will be responsible for writing legislation and approving presidential appointments as well as ratifying foreign treaties. Other notable elections are the U.S. Representatives for Districts 1-14, State Senators for the 50 districts, State representative elections, General State Trial Court Judge and lastly the Inferior State Trial Court Judge positions.


For more information about races and candidates visit ballotready.org/nc.

For more information about voter registration visit ncsbe.gov/registering.

The time has once again come for the North Carolina General Elections set to take place in less than two months on Nov. 8th. The importance of general elections is that they typically determine the positions of most members of North Carolina political bodies, who are responsible for making decisions on legislation, policies and other government tasks for North Carolina. These general elections involve all levels of political standing and have at least two candidates running for each position.


The two highlights of this upcoming general election are the elections for State Supreme Court Justice and State Appellate Court Justice. This year's State Supreme Court elections will determine the 3rd and 5th seats. These seats are important because the officials in these positions will be responsible for fixing any problems that occur with the inferior state courts. These inferior state courts are simply lower courts that have specified jurisdictions. Lucy Inman is the Democratic candidate for the 3rd seat, while Richard D. Dietz is the Republican candidate. Trey Allen is the Republican candidate for the 5th seat and Samual "Sam" J. Ervin IV is the Democratic candidate. The State Appellate Court Justice positions need to be filled for the 9th and 11th seats. These seats are significant because they aid in evaluating appeals of lower court decisions. For the 9th seat, Brad A. Salmon is the Democratic candidate and Donna Stroud is the Republican candidate. Lastly, for the 11th seat, Darren Jackson is the Democratic candidate and Michael J. Standing is the Republican candidate.


Aside from the highlights, the upcoming elections also have positions open for candidates for the U.S. Senate, which include Cheri Beasley (Democrat), Shannon W. Bray (Libertarian), Ted Budd (Republican), and Matthew P. Hoh (Green). The elected senators will be responsible for writing legislation and approving presidential appointments as well as ratifying foreign treaties. Other notable elections are the U.S. Representatives for Districts 1-14, State Senators for the 50 districts, State representative elections, General State Trial Court Judge and lastly the Inferior State Trial Court Judge positions.


For more information about races and candidates, visit Ballot Ready. For more information about voter registration, visit NC State Board of Elections website.


By Danika Ray, Contributing Writer

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