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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Candidates for four North Carolina appellate court seats on the November ballot are gathering to discuss their judicial philosophies before a group of Triad-area attorneys.

Incumbents for the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and nearly all of their challengers were slated to participate Tuesday night in judicial debates sponsored by a Winston-Salem chapter of the conservative-leaning Federalist Society.

Associate Justice Paul Newby is running against Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV for Newby’s seat. Incumbent Court of Appeals Judges Cressie Thigpen, Wanda Bryant and Linda McGee all are seeking re-election.

McGee’s challenger won’t attend the debates due to a scheduling conflict. All eight candidates are expected to attend a similar Federalist Society event in Raleigh next week.

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