Candidacy to return to the N.C. Court of Appeals

Today, I have announced my candidacy to return to the N.C. Court of Appeals. Please see the attached release for more details. I will be on your ballot in November! Here is the official press release:

MEDIA RELEASE: August 6, 2014

Judge John M. Tyson files as a candidate for Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Judge John M. Tyson of Fayetteville today announced his candidacy to return to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, seeking a seat vacated last Friday by retired Judge Martin.

Tyson served on the Court of Appeals from 2001 until 2009, after winning a state-wide election for a seat in 2000. He continued to serve as a Recall Judge on the Court, and as an Emergency Superior Court Judge after receiving gubernatorial appointments until joining the State Ethics Commission.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Thom Tillis nominated Tyson to the State Ethics Commission in 2012, and his appointment was accepted by the state legislature. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Tyson as chairman of the commission in December 2013. Tyson’s filing for election required him to resign his chairmanship to the Ethics Commission, which he completed earlier this week.

“I ask the voters to return me to the Court of Appeals in a full-time capacity to permit me to continue to serve the people of this state,” Tyson said. “I promise to uphold the Constitution and apply the laws in a fair and impartial manner for all the people of North Carolina.”

During his eight-year term on the N.C. Court of Appeals, Tyson reviewed and ruled on 2,523 appellate cases, and wrote over 1,000 majority, concurring and dissenting opinions for the Court.

Tyson has also previously served as an appointed member of the North Carolina Property Tax Commission, and was elected by his peers as both vice chairman and chairman of both the Cumberland County Joint Planning Board and the Cumberland Soil and Water Conservation District.

He has taught law at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law since 1987, and serves as a frequent continuing legal education author and presenter, having published numerous scholarly law review and journal articles and presented thirty-seven comprehensive legal education manuscripts and seminars.

As a consistent advocate of life long learning, Tyson earned a Master of Laws in Judicial Process (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia School of Law (2004); a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Duke University (1988); a Juris Doctor (J.D.) with honors from Campbell University School of Law (1979--Member of the Charter Class); and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Secondary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1974).

Tyson holds the highest AV Pre-Eminent peer reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is married to his wife, Kirby, since 1975. They are proud parents of four children and three grandchildren.