North Carolina Supreme Court Election Candidates


Sarah Kate Purnell
  Staff Writer

Michael R. Morgan and Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. are competing for the empty seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court for the November election.

Michael R. Morgan of Raleigh is incumbent in this year’s NC Supreme Court election.


Morgan received his BA in History and Sociology from Duke University in 1976 and received his JD from NC Central University School of Law in 1979.

Since 2005, Morgan has served as the Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 10B of the NC Superior Court.

Morgan also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice from 1980-1989. He then became an Administrative Law Judge at the North Carolina Office of Administrative hearings from 1989-1994. Before taking his position as Superior Court Judge, Morgan was the District 10 Court Judge from 1994-2004.

“With eleven current years of trial bench experience as a Superior Court Judge, combined with ten previous years of trial bench experience as a District Court Judge and five prior years of experience conducting hearings as a State Administrative Law Judge, I am unusually seasoned and qualified to capably address the variety of legal matters which come before the Supreme Court.” Morgan stated on his website, “I shall continue my judicial commitment to steadfastly strive to promote society’s well-being through the fair and impartial administration of justice, while enhancing the people’s confidence in and respect for the effectiveness of North Carolina’s system of jurisprudence.”

Challenging Morgan is Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.


Edmunds received his A.D. from Vassar College in 1971. Edmunds then received his JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975, and later received his LL.M. in judicial process from The University of Virginia in 2004.

Edmunds has served as an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court since 2000 and was reelected in 2008. The 2016 election was headed to be the state’s first retention election, but after some struggles with the state legislature, “the retention law was therefore struck down, and Edmunds now faces contested election”, according to BallotPedia.

Edmunds served as the Assistant District Attorney of North Carolina Judicial District 18 from 1978-1982. He also served as Assistant United States Attorney of the United States District Court for Middle District of North Carolina from 1982-1986 before taking over as United States Attorney from 1986-1993. Before winning the election in 2000 as Supreme Court Judge, Edmund served as a Judge for the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1999-2000.

“My promises to you are the same promises I have made and kept in all my judicial campaigns.” Edmunds stated on his website, “ I promise to be fair, to read the Constitution as it is written, and to interpret statutes according to the intent of the General Assembly.  With all my heart I believe that only legislators should make law.  If you review my work as a justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina and as a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, you will find a record of fairness, impartiality, devotion to the rule of law, and good old fashioned hard work.”

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