WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Nearly all Superior and District Court Judges from counties in southeastern North Carolina are running for re-election in 2018. The filing period for judicial offices ended Friday at Noon, with only one member of the local bench not on the ballot for the November General Election.
Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenberry decided to retire, leaving a seat open in the Fifth Judicial District. Attorneys Tripp Watson and Frank Jones of Wilmington will face each other for the eight-year term in November. Judge Ola Lewis, the Superior Court Judge in the Thirteenth District that covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus Counties, filed for re-election even while undergoing treatment for liver cancer.
In District Court seats, all current judges are slated to run unopposed in November. That includes Judge Lindsey McKee, Judge James Faison, Judge Melinda Crouch and Judge Chad Hogston in the Fifth District. Judge Fred Gore and Judge William Fairley are running un-opposed for their District Court seats in the Thirteenth District.
To see the complete list of judicial candidates in North Carolina click here.