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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was no secret Brunswick County Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis planned to run for North Carolina Supreme Court this year. She made that announcement last summer. What was not widely known was her intention to run for Chief Justice.

Lewis filed to run for the state’s highest judicial position at the NC Board of Elections office in Raleigh this morning about an hour before the filing period’s noon deadline.

She will run against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mark Martin, who has been on the Supreme Court since 1999. The seat is currently held by Sarah Parker, who is not running because justices must retire by age 72 under state law.

Lewis and Martin are both Republicans. Judicial races in North Carolina are non-partisan.

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