The N.C. Republican Party has weighed in on the year’s most crowded candidate field: a nonpartisan Court of Appeals seat.
With 19 names in the hat for the seat formerly held by Judge John Martin, the GOP has decided to “unify around one candidate (in order to) strengthen our chances of having a Republican win this important position in the November election,” according to a statement issued this week.
That candidate is John Tyson, though the GOP acknowledged “a number of qualified Republican candidates in contention for the endorsement.”
Tyson of Fayetteville is a former Court of Appeals judge (2001-09, unseated in a primary election) who later joined the N.C. Ethics Commission.
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Martin retired Aug. 1. In late August, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Special Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell to fill his seat until Dec. 31. She is not one of the 19 vying for the seat.