Three judges are running for different seats within North Carolina District 15B, which includes both Orange and Chatham counties.
The candidates for seats on the superior court for District 15B are Allen Baddour and Alyson A. Grine, and C. Todd Roper is the candidate for a seat on the district court.
Because they are each running unopposed for their respective seats within the district, Grine said that the judicial election for District 15B is a very collegial event.
“We’re all just thrilled that we’ll get the opportunity to keep working together,” she said.
Baddour is running for reelection for the second seat in the superior court for District 15B. He said that while the candidates will appear on the general election ballot in November, they will not appear on the upcoming primary ballot.
“We’re out and we’re campaigning, but we’re not campaigning in the same way as if we had a contested race,” he said.
Baddour has served as the senior resident superior court judge since October 2020 and has been a resident superior court judge since 2006.
Baddour's legal background includes serving a one-year term as vice-president of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors from 2019 to 2020 and as president of the Susie Sharp Inn of Court from 2015 to 2016.
The Susie Sharp Inn of Court is an organization designed to enhance professionalism in all disciplines within the Bar. The organization meets six times a year to hear from different speakers on legal and professional issues.
Baddour's website lists his main priorities, which include working with other local court officials to improve the efficiency of the court systems, enhancing judicial education and teaching young students in the Orange and Chatham counties.
Alyson A. Grine
Grine, resident superior court judge for District 15B, is another judge running uncontested for reelection – but for seat one.
“We are all relieved because of course, running a contested campaign is a really costly undertaking, and we’re glad to not have to go down that path,” Grine said.
Grine said that while she hasn't had to go through the full election process, she created a website to give district residents information about her and her experience.
“(The website) would help people assess whether they want to get behind me and support me, or maybe whether another person would like to throw in their hat, but nobody chose to do that,” she said.
She says her goal is to increase public confidence in the court system through the correct application of the law, the demonstration of respect for all parties and the refusal to influence outcomes based on race or ethnicity.
Grine was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper in January 2021 to serve as a resident superior court judge, succeeding Carl Fox.
Prior to her appointment, she served as an assistant district attorney in Durham and as co-counsel on policy for the District Attorney’s Office.
She also worked as an assistant public defender for five years in Orange and Chatham counties. She specialized in criminal matters and focused on issues such as juvenile delinquency and substance abuse recovery.
C. Todd Roper
Roper, a district court judge, is running uncontested for reelection for seat one of the district court for District 15B.
Roper was also appointed by Cooper in November 2020 and has served Orange and Chatham counties as a lawyer for 30 years.
He said that the biggest thing he can do in his position is to help people.
Roper explained that the district court, which he called the "people’s court," deals with child custody cases, juvenile cases, criminal cases, assault cases and domestic violence.
“I see a lot of families suffering; I see a lot of children suffering,” Roper said. “Our goal is to make the families, the children and everyone the best they can possibly be for themselves and for our community.”
Roper said his judicial philosophy revolves around the belief that everybody’s case is important. He said that everybody needs an opportunity to be heard and each individual has their own set of circumstances.
“I need to listen to make sure I understand the story, and it’s really important that we apply the law equally to all,” Roper said.
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