Four statewide judicial candidates made a stop this week in Rocky Mount as part of a campaign swing through Eastern North Carolina.
N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Hunter, Judge John M. Tyson, Judge Eric Levinson and Mike Robinson are taking a tour this week of 19 North Carolina cities and towns. The tour includes other stops in Wilmington, Jacksonville, New Bern, Greenville, Wilson, Smithfield, Goldsboro, Clinton, Dunn, Lillington, Sanford, Charlotte, North Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, Boone, Morganton, Waynesville and Hendersonville.
During the trip, the candidates are meeting with voters and members of the media as they conduct their statewide campaigns.
While judicial races are officially non-partisan, the four judicial candidates are all registered Republicans.
Hunter is seeking re-election to his seat on the N.C. Supreme Court, while Levinson, an appellate court judge, and Robinson, a Raleigh attorney, also are seeking seats on the state’s high court. Tyson of Fayetteville is running for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals, where he previously served from 2001-09.
Hunter faces challenger Sam J. Ervin IV for the seat on the bench he was appointed to in August by Gov. Pat McCrory. Levinson is challenging Justice Robin Hudson, while Robinson is challenging Justice Cheri Beasley.
Tyson is one of 19 candidates running to replace Judge John C. Martin, who unexpectedly announced his early retirement in August.