RALEIGH — Republican candidates in judicial races have picked up key endorsements from business and law enforcement this week.
The North Carolina State Troopers Association (NCTA) has given its endorsement to the three Republicans running for the state Supreme Court.
“After considerable deliberation and discussion, the North Carolina Troopers Association has elected to endorse Paul Newby, Phil Berger, Jr. and Tamara Barringer for the North Carolina Supreme Court in this November election” stated Danny Jenkins, President of the NCTA.
“As front-line Law Enforcement professionals, we have the best view of criminal cases from start-to-finish and, we support Jurists who rule by the law rather than legislate from the bench,” said Jenkins. “With that in mind, our endorsements were an easy decision.”
“I’m humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of the NC Troopers Association. I’m grateful for the men and women of our Highway Patrol who work tirelessly to keep us all safe. May God protect them as they protect us,” said Newby, the Senior Associate Justice running for the chief justice spot on the state’s Supreme Court.
Berger, a judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals, said that he is “proud to have the endorsement and support of the brave men and women of the North Carolina Troopers’ Association.
“Thank you for your work keeping this State safe, and God bless you that wear the hat!” said Berger.
“I am honored and thrilled by the North Carolina Troopers’ Association endorsement. In these troubling and uncertain times, now more than ever, our law enforcement officers are critical to the safety and security of our citizens and their families,” said Barringer, a former state senator.
All three of the Republican Supreme Court candidates also received an endorsement from the PAC associated with the nation’s top small business advocacy organization, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
“It’s critically important to have a judiciary that is fair and impartial but understands the issues affecting the small-business community,” NFIB State Director Gregg Thompson said.
NFIB also endorsed the following Republican candidates for the N.C. Court of Appeals:
April Wood, Appellate Judge, 4th Seat
Willie Fred Gore, Appellate Judge, 5th Seat
Chris Dillon, Appellate Judge, 6th Seat
Jeffrey Carpenter, Appellate Judge, 7th Seat
Jefferson Griffin, Appellate Judge, 13th Seat