By Lee Myers
As a lawyer for 42 years, I know how much we need fair and independent judges, committed to equal justice for all.
In the judicial elections, many of my friends have asked for my recommendations.
Local (Mecklenburg County) Judges are running for re-election or election.
For Mecklenburg District 26A (southern Meck) I recommend re-election of –
Incumbent Judge Alicia Brooks for District 26A Seat 1
Incumbent Judge Donald Cureton for District 26A Seat 2
Incumbent Judge Sean Smith District 26A Seat 3.
These are the three selections on my ballot in South Mecklenburg (Matthews). I practice law in the district courts of Mecklenburg County and personally appear before and have direct contact with each of these judges. Each has shown hard work, fairness, knowledge of the law and courtesy to parties/attorneys.
In this election, you will also elect a judge to the North Carolina Supreme Court and three judges to the Court of Appeals.
For the Supreme Court, I recommend:
• Anita Earls
For the Court of Appeals, I recommend:
• John S. Arrowood (from Mecklenburg County)
• Jefferson Griffin or Tobias (Toby) Hampson (toss-up)
• Allegra Collins
In this year’s election, to protect judicial independence, it is not enough to vote for good judges. Please vote against the proposed constitutional amendment for filling judicial vacancies. The judicial vacancy amendment, listed fifth on the ballot, has two major defects:
1. When a judicial vacancy occurs between elections, the amendment shifts the power to fill the vacancy from the governor to the legislature. The independence of the judiciary is compromised when legislators choose the judges who will decide the constitutionality of the laws that the legislature enacts.
2. The amendment adds two years to every judicial appointment, taking away the people’s right to choose their judges in the election that follows the appointment.
Would also recommend voting against the sixth proposed constitutional amendment purporting the establish a new board to “administer ethics and elections law.” This is void of any substance or clarity. What does this mean? More litigation and uncertainty depending on politics…..
I voted against each proposed amendment. they are not needed as amendments to our great north Carolina constitution. Each one is ambiguous and not well thought out. as you read each think about “why?” and what purpose. The North Carolina General Assembly is already empowered to provide adequate protections and safeguards.
Certainly vote against the last two amendments on the ballot.
Lee Myers was mayor of Matthews for 18 years. He’s worked as a Mecklenburg County attorney for 42 years.