State Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson has received three major endorsements in her re-election campaign.
The N.C. AFL-CIO, N.C. Advocates for Justice and the N.C. Association of Educators have endorsed her.
Hudson is the only incumbent appellate court judge who faces a primary vote in May, since there are three candidates running. The two top votegetters will run off in the general election in November. The seat is nonpartisan.
Her challengers are Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson from Charlotte, who is a former appeals court judge, and Jeanette Doran, former director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law who now serves on the state Board of Review, which hears appeals of unemployment claims decisions. Levinson and Doran are Republicans.
“During my nearly eight years on the Supreme Court, and six years on the Court of Appeals before that, I’ve focused on making the fair decision in every case, no matter how difficult it is,” Hudson said in a news release on Thursday. “I never bring any personal or political bias into the courtroom.”
Hudson, a Democrat who was elected in 2006, is the first woman voted onto the Supreme Court without being appointed first. She lives in Raleigh.
Update: NCAE also announced Thursday it is endorsing three candidates for the Court of Appeals in the November election: Judge Mark Davis, the Democratic incumbent who is being challenged by Judge Paul A. Holcombe III, a Republican from Johnston County; Judge Donna Stroud, an incumbent Republican without a challenger; and Judge Lucy Inman, a special superior court judge from Raleigh who is being challenged by Judge William F. Southern III, a Republican from the Stokes-Surry County district.
Ann McColl, NCAE general counsel, said the endorsements were based on candidates with a “rigorous, deep understanding of the law and constitutional principles.” Written questionnaires, interviews and a review of judicial record and other writings were part of the endorsement process.