Industrial Commission deputy will run for appeals court

07/24/2014 2:39 PM

07/24/2014 2:41 PM

A second candidate has announced for the state appeals court seat held by Chief Judge John Martin, who is retiring this year: J. Brad Donovan, a deputy commissioner at the N.C. Industrial Commission.

Donovan was on the staff of the N.C. Court of Appeals for eight years, and says he wrote more than 600 proposed opinions during that time. He has been on the Industrial Commission for the past 12 years, hearing workers’ compensation appeals across the state.

For the past three years he has been one of two deputy commissioners who have heard claims against the state and complex workers’ comp cases designated as “special set’ cases, he says. Donovan is the only deputy who hears claims brought under the Erroneous Conviction Act and the statute covering benefits for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel.

Donovan, who lives in Apex, is registered to vote unaffiliated with any party.

“I believe my lack of a political agenda is one of my strongest attributes,” Donovan said in a written statement announcing his candidacy. “I have support across party lines and from both the plaintiff and defense bars.”

John Arrowood of Charlotte, a former member of the appeals court, has also announced he intends to run. He is a registered Democrat. Appellate judges are chosen in nonpartisan elections.

The state Board of Election will set a filing period for candidates, likely in August. They will appear on the November ballot.

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