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UNC-TV Will Air Appellate Candidate Forums Sunday

UNC-TV Will Air Appellate Candidate Forums Sunday

Mark Martin and Ola Lewis are seeking election to the office of chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.

UNC-TV, in partnership with the North Carolina Bar Association, will present forums featuring candidates for the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on Sunday, Oct. 26. The half-hour Court of Appeals forum will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the one-hour Supreme Court forum at 1.

The forums were taped in August and include only those candidates in contested races who filed in February. The special filing period that attracted 19 candidates for one seat on the Court of Appeals occurred after the forums had been arranged.

Candidates appearing in the Supreme Court forums are Justice Mark Martin and Judge Ola M. Lewis who are competing for the Parker seat (chief justice); Justice Robin Hudson and Judge Eric Levinson who are competing for the Hudson seat; Justice Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson who are competing for the Beasley seat; and Justice Robert N. Hunter Jr. and Judge Sam J. Ervin IV who are competing for the Martin seat.

Candidates appearing in the Court of Appeals forums are Judge Mark Davis and Judge Paul Holcombe who are competing for the Davis seat; and Judge Bill Southern and Judge Lucy Inman who are competing for the Robert C. Hunter seat.

UNC-TV senior correspondent Kelly McCullen hosted the forums.

The N.C. Supreme Court Candidates Forum and the N.C. Court of Appeals Candidates Forum are provided for educational purposes as a public service of the NCBA through funding provided by the NCBA Foundation Endowment. 

Access to both programs will be available through the UNC-TV website (www.unctv.org) following Sunday’s premiere. Links to individual videos for each race featured in the forum are already available via YouTube under the heading “2014 Judicial Forums.”

For additional information, contact Russell Rawlings at rrawlings@ncbar.org or 919-657-1558.