Former state Appeals Court Judge Joe John wants to challenge five-term incumbent Republican Marilyn Avila in House District 40 in Wake County.
The statement announcing his candidacy emphasized jobs, education, and court funding.
“We must work without rancor to create good jobs in our state and make sure our children are receiving a quality education,” he said in the statement.
“As a former trial and appellate court judge, I also know our courts have long been underfunded and understaffed. Drug courts, which address the cause of nearly all crime in our state, have been cut. It is time to make the judicial branch of government an equal partner with the legislative and executive branches.”
John, a Democrat, was on the Appeals Court from 1993-2001. Attorney General Roy Cooper picked him to improve practices at the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab after a critical audit and a News & Observer series of articles on how some agents tailored results to help prosecutors.
John ran the crime lab from 2010 to 2014.