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North Carolina Candidate Profile: Chuck Kitchen (NC Court of Appeals)

Sidney “Chuck” Kitchen is a GOP-affiliated attorney who has worked as both the Alamance County Attorney and the Durham County Attorney and currently works at a private law practice in Chapel Hill, Stark Law Group. He is currently the town attorney for Holly Ridge. The Stark Law Group is the law group often used by the NCGOP. Thomas Stark alleged, on behalf of Pat McCrory, that voter malfeasance occurred in Durham during the 2016 election. The allegations were disproved, but delayed election results.

Kitchen has been pictured getting cozy with Republican leaders; he attended Dan Forest’s birthday party and has been photographed with Thom Tillis and Tim Moore.

Kitchen represented Alamance sheriff Terry Johnson when Johnson was accused of targeting the Hispanic community through discriminatory checkpoints and ethnic slurs. Kitchen defended Johnson by citing his supposed Cherokee ancestry and said individuals in the case had their own “ax to grind” with the sheriff. He noted that Johnson was “very sensitive” and doesn’t tolerate discrimination, yet the judge in the case noted that jail officers under Johnson’s supervision targeted minorities with ethnic slurs. Kitchen was paid at least $357,360 by Alamance County for representing Johnson.

Kitchen was removed from his position as Durham County Attorney because of a conflict that was triggered by a developer’s lawsuit.The lawsuit alleged that Kitchen “interceded in a matter outside his authority” and got involved in a Jordan Lake dispute at a planning director’s request. 

As the attorney for Durham County, Kitchen was embroiled in multiple issues involving animal control, Durham County Schools, same-sex marriage, and guns.Kitchen was accused of “usurping the animal control board’s power” by increasing the pet licensing fee without board input.” He said Durham County didn’t need anyone’s permission to start charging schools for essential services like water and sewer and dismissed a lawsuit two men filed after their marriage license was rejected. As the Durham County Attorney, Kitchen said the “guns, especially pistols, are designed to shoot and kill people.”

Read more about Kichen here.

 
"He does not believe in discrimination. He is very sensitive because he is a minority himself." - Chuck Kitchen on his white client, Sheriff Terry Johnson, who had been accused of unconstitutionally targeting the Latinx community in Alamance County
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Kitchen, as well as being the town attorney for Holly Ridge, works with the Stark Law Group in Durham, the firm often employed by the NCGOP. Not surprisingly, Kitchen is close with several NC Republican leaders

  • Kitchen works for the Stark Law Group in Durham, the group that has sued on behalf of the NCGOP and Thomas Stark filed on behalf of McCrory alleging voter fraud in Durham that was later disproved and resulted in delayed vote counts.
  • Kitchen attended Dan Forest’s birthday party and was photographed with Thom Tillis and Tim Moore.
  • Kitchen is the town attorney for Holly Ridge.

Kitchen defended Alamance County sheriff Terry Johnson, citing his supposed Cherokee ancestry, when Johnson was accused of targeting the Hispanic community through discriminatory checkpoints and ethnic slurs

  • The ACLU alleged that Johnson discriminated against Hispanic members of the community through law enforcement tactics like traffic checkpoints and ethnic slurs from jail officers.
  • In response, Kitchen claimed the Johnson was “very sensitive” and doesn’t tolerate discrimination, citing Johnson’s alleged Cherokee Indian ancestry.
  • Kitchen was paid at least $357,360 Alamance County to represent Johnson and said each of the individuals in the case had their own “ax to grind” with the sheriff.

Kitchen was removed from his position as Durham County Attorney because of a conflict that was triggered by a developer’s lawsuit.

  • A lawsuit alleged that Kitchen “interceded in a matter outside his authority” and got involved in a Jordan Lake dispute at a planning director’s request.
  • Kitchen was removed from his position because of a conflict involving a boundary around Jordan Lake.

As the attorney for Durham County, Kitchen was embroiled in multiple scandals involving animal control, Durham County Schools, same-sex marriage, and guns.

  • Kitchen was accused of “usurping the animal control board’s power” by increasing the pet licensing fee without board input.”
  • Kitchen said Durham County didn’t need anyone’s permission to start charging schools for essential services like water and sewer.
  • Two men filed a lawsuit in Durham County after their marriage license was rejected and Kitchen filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
  • As the Durham County Attorney, Kitchen said the “guns, especially pistols, are designed to shoot and kill people.”

Read more about Kichen here.