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Stephens running for reelection to NC appeals court

N.C. Appeals Court Judge Linda Stephens announced Thursday she is running for a reelection to a second full term.

The announcement comes with endorsements from former Chief Appeals Court Judges John Martin, Sid Eagles, and Gerald Arnold.

“The citizens of North Carolina could have no finer judge on their appellate courts than Judge Linda Stephens,” says a statement from Martin, who retired in 2014. Stephens “understands that every case brought before the Court is important, not only to the parties who have relied upon our judicial system to resolve their dispute or problem, but also to the integrity and confidence which our citizens repose in our courts,” he said.

Stephens was first appointed to the court in 2006 by former Gov. Mike Easley. She won a full term in 2008.

Before joining the Appeals Court, Stephens was an attorney in private practice for more than 20 years, and was a deputy commissioner for the N.C. Industrial Commission from 1980 to 1984.