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Sam Ervin to make second run at Supreme Court

Posted August 27, 2013

— Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV said Tuesday that he plans to run for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court next year.

Ervin, who has served on the appeals court since 2008, lost in his bid last fall to unseat Associate Justice Paul Newby in his first Supreme Court campaign. The race was the most expensive judicial campaign ever waged in North Carolina, with outside conservative groups pouring millions into pro-Newby ads and each candidate spending more than $300,000.

A news release announcing Ervin's candidacy even notes the partisan tone of the 2012 race and discussed the changes to North Carolina's election and campaign finance laws that legislators recently passed. The changes included ending public financing for statewide judicial elections and increasing the maximum contribution to judicial candidates from $1,000 to $5,000.

“I am running because I believe the future of the courts is at stake," Ervin said in a statement. “I believe North Carolinians deserve fair, impartial and independent justices who are beholden to no one and have no agenda except to follow the law. That is why I am again a candidate for the Supreme Court.”

Ervin, 57, will run for Associate Justice Mark Martin's seat. Martin has announced plans to run for Chief Justice Sarah Parker's seat following her retirement next year.

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  • caronia49 Aug 29, 4:08 p.m.

    Let's all hope he gets the same results he did in the last election....

  • Chatham Adam Aug 29, 6:53 a.m.

    He is a Davidson grad, which means he is smart, hard working and ethical. I might just vote for him.

  • miseem Aug 28, 8:22 a.m.

    thomashaustin.

    Right. Lets have a justice system bought by the highest bidder. That's the American Way. At least it is now.

  • thomashaustin Aug 27, 11:09 p.m.

    We must all work to stop this liberal Obama supporter from being elected. Our rights as American Citizens are at stake. This is NOT the Sam Ervin that we remember and that supported the Constitution of the United States.

  • Luv2Camp Aug 27, 10:17 p.m.

    Avower is right. Mr. Ervin is extremely ethical with tremendous character. Tremendous judge for the Supreme Court.

  • wildpig777 Aug 27, 8:46 p.m.

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    Justice Ervin is one of the fairest, most ethical, and most humble persons with whom I have ever worked. He works longer and harder too. He and his family have been fine public servants that were not looking to see how they could profit, but how to benefit NC citizens.

    avower59012
    well let me say RIGHT NOW - THAT'D BE A FIRST. cause the justice system in nc needs a TOTAL OVERHAUL.

  • free2bme Aug 27, 8:41 p.m.

    He's got my vote. We need some sane people in office.

  • avower59012 Aug 27, 6:42 p.m.

    Justice Ervin is one of the fairest, most ethical, and most humble persons with whom I have ever worked. He works longer and harder too. He and his family have been fine public servants that were not looking to see how they could profit, but how to benefit NC citizens.