Court of Appeals Judge Elmore won’t seek re-election

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court judge says he won’t run again when his seat comes up for re-election next year.

Judge Rick Elmore has served since 2003. The former private practice lawyer from Greensboro was re-elected to a second eight-year term in 2010.

Elmore said Wednesday he’s satisfied having served two full terms on the state’s intermediate-level appeals court and decided against running another statewide campaign in 2018. The 66-year-old Elmore would have been unable to serve another full term due to the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges at 72.

Elmore says he wanted to make the announcement before state political parties gather this year. Elmore is a registered Republican. A new law made Court of Appeals races officially partisan elections again, with party primaries.

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