I mentioned here that Patricia Timmons-Goodson lost a challenger for her seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court because Judge Reingold did not want to be the one to unseat the state's first Black female justice. Apparently, Judge Levinson (R) out of Charlotte does not share that same concern. According to the Charlotte Observer, Levinson, a justice on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, will be challenging Timmons-Goodson in November. From the article:
Eric Levinson has been a prosecutor in Cabarrus County, a District Court judge in Charlotte and an appeals court judge in Raleigh.
The 38-year-old Charlottean now has his sights set on North Carolina's highest court.
Levinson, who now serves on the N.C. Court of Appeals, told the Observer Friday that he will seek a post on the N.C. Supreme Court this year. He plans to file for the judgeship on Monday -- the day candidate filing opens for all N.C. races.
One of Levinson's opponents will likely be Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a Democrat the governor selected to fill Parker's seat on the Supreme Court when she took over the chief justice's post.
Timmons-Goodson, 51, is the first African American woman to serve on the state's Supreme Court. She served on the N.C. Court of Appeals for nine years. Before that, she was a District Court judge in Cumberland County for 13 years.
This is a seat that we need to fight to keep. Not just because there is a need for more diversity in the courts, but also the Democrats have only two justices on the court now (out of seven). We need to hold our two and start expanding.