Mark Davis will be sworn in as the state’s newest appellate court judge at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of the N.C. Court of Appeals building in Raleigh. Davis was general counsel to Gov. Bev Perdue for the past two years. He replaced Judge Cheri Beasley after Perdue elevated her to the state Supreme Court.
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State Appeals Court Judge Cheri Beasley will officially take a step up and be sworn in as the seventh state Supreme Court justice Thursday afternoon.
Chief Justice Sarah Parker is administering the oath at the Justice building. Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Beasley to replace former Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, who announced her resignation in November.
Beasley will have to run for the seat in 2014 if she wants to keep it.
Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday named state appeals court judge Cheri Beasley to the N.C. Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson’s retirement.
A majority of state appellate judges are women.
Although the posts are officially nonpartisan, Calabria, Jackson and Stroud are Republicans; the rest of the judges are Democrats. They are elected statewide.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated Jackson's affiliation.
The N.C. Police Benevolent Association has made its primary endorsements.
In judicial races, it endorsed Associate Justice Bob Edmunds for re-election to his Supreme Court seat, Cheri Beasley, Linda Stephens, Sam J. Ervin IV, Jim Wynn and John Arrowood for the state Court of Appeals.
Endorsements were made after a recent screening of 25 candidates.
"The candidates were asked questions on issues vitally important to the law enforcement profession and public safety," the group wrote in a press release. "Many outstanding candidates were in attendance."
Beasley has served as a District Court judge in Cumberland County for the last nine years. A Democrat, she was appointed by former Gov. Jim Hunt.
Previously, she worked in legal departments for several corporations in Research Triangle Park and briefly served in the Wake County District Attorney's office.
She also worked for five years in the Fayetteville Public Defender's office.
She will be running against the incumbent Doug McCullough for the 12th Judicial District.