Judge Lucy Inman of Raleigh is reporting an aggressive three months of fundraising in her campaign for a seat on the state Court of Appeals.
Inman, a special superior court judge, raised more than $135,000 through December, according to a report she filed with the state. The money came from more than 300 individual contributors, including a long list of prominent Triangle lawyers.
This is the first election since 2002 in which statewide appellate judicial candidates cannot rely on public financing. The General Assembly did away with it last year.
The financing was meant to limit fundraising by judicial candidates. But in practicality, the program became obsolete in 2012 when millions of dollars in independent outside money was spent to benefit the campaigns for a N.C. Supreme Court seat, ultimately won by incumbent Justice Paul Newby.
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So far, Inman is running against District Court Judge William F. Southern III from Stokes County, for the appeals court seat being vacated by Judge Robert C. Hunter Jr., who is retiring. Inman, like Hunter, is a registered Democrat; Southern is Republican. Judicial elections, however, are nonpartisan.
There are three seats on the appeals court up for election, and four on the Supreme Court.
Southern has not yet filed a finance report.