Former state appeals court Judge John Arrowood of Charlotte is running to return to the bench, following the recent announcement by Chief Judge John Martin that he will retire.
Then-Gov. Mike Easley appointed Arrowood to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 2007 to fill a vacancy. The following year he ran to retain his seat but was defeated by Robert Hunter, a Republican from Greensboro.
The state Board of Elections will have to set a filing period for candidates running for Martin’s seat, which will likely be in August. Those candidates will be on the November ballot.
The governor could appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of this year, but it will be the winning candidate in November who takes the office in January, according to the elections board.
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Arrowood says he wrote opinions, concurrences or dissents in more than 100 cases while on the appeals court bench. He served as a special superior court judge before that.
He has been in private practice with James, McElroy and Diehl in Charlotte, primarily in employment and commercial litigation. He has also served on the state Banking Commission, the state Rules Review Commission, the N.C. Railroad Company, and the N.C. Arts Council.
Martin, 70, is a Durham County native. He said he will retire on Aug. 1, after serving on the bench since 1985.