Thursday, October 20, 2022

Flood (R) vs. Thompson (D), for the NC Court of Appeals


Second only to the Supreme Court in North Carolina's judicial system, the Court of Appeals currently has a 10-5 Republican majority, and it could get worse. Excerpted from

NC Court of Appeals Judge, Seat 8

NOTE: You may vote for one. Candidates are presented below in the order they appear on your ballot.

Reason for my Endorsement: Candidate with no direct judicial experience who is endorsed by #rightjudgesNC v. Candidate with a proven progressive record and 25 years of judicial experience.

Julee Tate Flood, Republican

Flood earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Florida, an M.P.A. from the University of Maine, a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, in which her specialization area was the law and policy of higher education. She has published scholarly articles and a book on managing risks in faculty hiring.

Flood is in-house counsel and advisor for a multi-state veterinary services business she co-founded with her husband. She also serves as an attorney at the Court of Appeals, currently working for Judge Jeffery K. Carpenter, who describes himself as a constitutional conservative and a textualist.

Flood has no direct judicial experience. Her court experience includes analyzing and drafting judicial opinions for nine appellate judges and justices in federal and state courts. She previously taught at Elon Law School in a Fellowship and then as Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Leadership Program. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law and College of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and at Duke University’s Paralegal Program.

She is endorsed by NC Conservative Judges and #rightjudgesNC, which maintains, “the NC Supreme Court blatantly violated the Constitution when it threw out NC Congressional Maps. This is why we need Conservative Judges.”

Carolyn Jennings Thompson, Democrat

Thompson is a graduate of Hampton University (B.A.) and of NC Central University School of Law. She is also an ordained minister in the Cornerstone Christian Community Church in Oxford, NC. With over 25 years of combined legal and judicial experience, Thompson has served as both a district court and superior court judge.

As a district court judge, Thompson successfully advocated for changing court dockets so that domestic violence cases could be heard separately from the general civil court (giving families more time to handle their issues without unnecessary delays). Thompson is a state-certified mediator for superior court cases and cases involving complex family financial disputes. She also serves as a volunteer Teen Court Judge and youth mentor to help first-time youth offenders accept responsibility for their conduct and learn about the court system.

“I am a member of numerous community-focused organizations, including but not limited to: Families Living Violence Free, Inc., Call to Peace Ministries, Inc., Rotary Club of Oxford, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2016, I authored and published Abigails Veil, educating the faith-based community about domestic violence.”

Thompson’s endorsements include, among others, Governor Roy Cooper, Congresswoman Eva M. Clayton, and Congresswoman Deborah Ross.

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