The election is upon us and 12 of the 14 Guilford County District Court Judge seats are up for election this year. As you may know, the judicial races are now partisan which requires candidates to state their party affiliation on the ballot. The upcoming primary election will determine each of the District Court judicial contested races since all of the candidates are registered with the Democratic Party.
The following District Court judicial seats are contested:
TOMLIN SEAT: Brian Tomlin; Moshera Mills
FOSTER SEAT: Angela Foster; Michele Lee
CUMMINGS SEAT*: Kelvin Smith; Gavin Reardon
BURCH SEAT**: Tomakio Gause; Caroline Pemberton
The following District Court judicial seats are uncontested in the upcoming November 2020 election:
VINCENT SEAT: Teresa Vincent
CUTCHIN SEAT: Tonia Cutchin
DAVIS SEAT: Bill Davis
FLETCHER SEAT: Michelle Fletcher
FOX SEAT: Angie Fox
HOLLIDAY SEAT: Tabitha Holliday
SHIELDS SEAT: Marcus Shields
BROWN SEAT***: Ashley Watlington-Simms
Deadlines regarding voting in the primary election are as follows:
February 7, 2020: Voter Registration Deadline
February 13-29, 2020: Early Voting
February 25, 2020: Deadline to request Absentee Ballot
March 3, 2020: Primary Election
March 3, 2020: Deadline to return Absentee Ballot
*In Person: it must be returned to the Guilford County
Board of Elections by 5:00 pm on March 3, 2020;
*By Mail: it must be postmarked by March 3, 2020 and
received by the Guilford County Board of Elections by
5:00 pm on March 6, 2020.
Lastly, congratulations to the Honorable Marc Tyrey for his appointment to the District Court bench by Governor Cooper on December 11, 2019. Judge Tyrey was appointed to fill the remaining term held by the Honorable Tom Jarrell.
Judge Michelle Fletcher
*Mark Cummings resigned from the bench on December 20, 2019 and returned to private practice. Since this seat is now vacant, a Bar vote is required in order to submit nominations to Governor Cooper to fill the seat until the election. The Bar vote will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm in the Old Greensboro Courthouse.
**Susan Burch will retire at the conclusion of her term on December 31, 2020.
***Betty Brown will retire at the conclusion of her term on December 31, 2020.