Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Robert C. "Bob" Hunter announced Wednesday that he won't seek re-election next year. He plans to retire at the end of his term in 2014.
Hunter was appointed to the court by then-Gov. Jim Hunt in 1998 and went on to win a statewide election for his seat later that year. He won re-election in 2006.
In a release Wednesday, Hunter said he intends to serve the rest of his term but wanted to make his retirement plans known early.
“Having run in statewide elections, I understand that potential candidates for the seat I hold may want to decide on their plans soon. I am announcing my decision now in order to allow time for that process,” he said.
Hunter has authored some 1,500 opinions so far during his two terms on the bench.
Before beginning his tenure on the Court of Appeals, Hunter represented McDowell County in the state House for 18 years, where he served as Judiciary Committee chairman. He ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2010, losing to conservative candidate Barbara Jackson.