RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Nearly all current North Carolina’s Court of Appeals members want the General Assembly to keep their elections officially nonpartisan and preserve the voluntary public financing program for appellate court candidates.
Fourteen of the 15 members of the state’s intermediate appeals court put signatures to the letter sent to Senate leader Phil Berger urging him to preserve the current appellate judicial elections system. The letter says it protects public confidence in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
The Senate budget repealed the program in which the state gives candidates money for general election campaigns if they agree to fundraising restrictions. Legislators in both chambers are considering putting partisan labels back on judicial candidates for the ballot.
Only Court of Appeals Judge Sanford Steelman didn’t have his name on the letter.
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