State appeals court Judge Sam Ervin IV – who fought an extremely expensive but unsuccessful campaign against incumbent N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby last year – announced Tuesday his candidacy for another seat on the Supreme Court.
The seat currently held by Justice Mark Martin is open, as Martin announced earlier this year that he will run to replace current Chief Justice Sarah Parker, who will reach mandatory retirement age next year.
Ervin, a registered Democrat, filed paperwork on Tuesday creating his campaign committee. Fellow appeals court Judge Robert N. Hunter Jr., a Republican, has announced he will also be a candidate for Martin's vacant Supreme Court seat.
In announcing his candidacy, Ervin brought up the expensive campaign against Newby, in which outside groups spent more than $2.5 million to support the incumbent. The Brennan Center for Justice determined that race was the second-highest spending by outside groups in the country in 2012.
Ervin, 57, lives in Morganton. He has been on the Court of Appeals since 2008.
Another Bob Hunter on the appeals court – this one a Democrat – has announced he will retire next year. Wake Superior Court Judge Lucy Inman is running for his seat.
Four of seven seats on the Supreme Court will be up for election next year, according to political analyst John N. Davis.