Andrew Heath, a budget director under former Gov. Pat McCrory, will run for a seat on the state Court of Appeals next year.
Heath, a special Superior Court judge appointed by McCrory after last year’s election, will run for the seat vacated by Judge Douglas McCullough.
That seat was expected to be eliminated as part of the Republican-led legislature’s plan to shrink the appeals court – until McCullough, a Republican, retired early last month in a move that kept the court at 15 members for now. Gov. Roy Cooper named Democrat John Arrowood to the seat.
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Heath practiced law in Wilmington before moving to Raleigh in 2013, when McCrory named him chairman of the Industrial Commission. He was budget director last year.
Heath, a Republican, was born in Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration and management from UNC Asheville in 2003, where he attended on a soccer scholarship, before he headed to Indiana University for his law degree. He also interned in the office of Indiana’s governor at the time, Mitch Daniels.