I have just released this announcement and want to share it with my friends.
After prayerful consideration and consulting with my family and supporters, I decided today to apply for the position of State Court Judge in Burke County. This judgeship was vacant because of the untimely passing of my mentor and lifelong friend, Judge Jerry Daniel. Judge Daniel had devoted the last 14 years of his life to creating accountability court divisions that tackle problems of domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse, and mental health issues. These are issues that I know firsthand from the experiences of life and over 30 years of the practice of law. Much of my work in the Senate has been to support our Governor’s efforts to deal with these issues through Criminal Justice Reform.
Earlier this week, rumors had circulated that I had already applied for and had been offered this judgeship. Although I had been asked to run and had in fact been nominated and encouraged by others, the rumors were untrue and premature, Continue reading →