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North Carolina Supreme Court

Justice Barbara Jackson

 Barbara Jackson was elected to serve on the Supreme Court of North Carolina in 2010—twenty years after beginning her career there as a law clerk for (then Associate) Justice Burley B. Mitchell, Jr. Previously, she served as Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals for six years. Prior to taking office, she practiced law for fourteen years, including serving as General Counsel to Commissioner Cherie Berry in the North Carolina Department of Labor. She also worked in Governor James G. Martin’s office, for an advocacy agency for persons with disabilities, and in private practice concentrating in the area of land use and local government law prior to returning to public service at the Labor Department.

NC Court of Appeals Seat 1

Judge Jefferson Griffin

 In 2010, Judge Griffin joined the Wake County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted cases from infractions to first degree murder over a five-year period. In 2015, Jefferson was appointed by Governor McCrory to be a District Court Judge in Wake County. He handles civil and criminal cases from all over Wake County in his current role. Judge Griffin was elected to a four-year term in the 2016 general election in Wake County. Judge Griffin also serves as a First Lieutenant in the North Carolina Army National Guard as a JAG Officer. He is assigned to the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, known as “Old Hickory”.

NC Court of Appeals Seat 2

Judge Andrew Heath

As a Superior Court Judge, Andrew is tasked with making complex decisions in felony criminal cases and high-dollar civil matters. Andrew believes in American rule of law and strongly respects and believes in following the United States Constitution. While serving as Chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, Andrew presided over appeals of workers’ compensation cases. In his three years as Chairman, he authored numerous legal opinions and managed all aspects of the Industrial Commission’s operations and all 160 employees. As the Director of the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM), he was responsible for advising the Governor on North Carolina’s $510 billion GDP economy and $22.3 billion state budget. Andrew also served as secretary to the NC Council of State and served on the State Health Plan Board. 

NC Court of Appeals Seat 3

Chuck Kitchen

In 2010, Chuck entered private practice. Since that time, he has represented public officials, local governments, and private parties. He currently serves as Town Attorney for the Town of Holly Ridge, and serves as general counsel for the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority. During his legal career, Chuck has appeared before administrative tribunals and courts in North Carolina, as well as, various Federal Courts including the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, and the United States Supreme Court, where he appeared as attorney of record for Durham County in R.J. Reynolds v. Durham County, NC. He has extensive experience in practicing before the North Carolina appellate courts. Chuck is running for the seat held by Judge Rick Elmore on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.