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These 39 Republicans said they thought judges should be elected, rulings against their unconstitutional laws might have changed that

In 2012 Civitas asked candidates for office in NC if judges should continue to be elected by the voters. (2012 was the last time Civitas posted a survey.)

The answer from those that filled it out was a resounding yes.

27 current Republican members of the House said they agreed with the statement “Judges should continue to be elected by the voters.”

This included members such as Chris Malone, Debra Conrad, Ted Davis, and Jonathan Jordan.

Despite the widespread support for Judicial elections amongst the Republican caucus, rumors and even threats swirl that the Republican majorities in the legislature are considering moving to a legislative appointment process in the wake of several legal losses.

Current Republican House Members who answered the 2012 Civitas Survey in support of electing judges

District

Member

Supports judicial elections

District 1

Bob Steinburg

Y

District 3

Michael Speciale

Y

District 4

Jimmy Dixon

Y

District 10

John R. Bell, IV

Y

District 13

Pat McElraft

Y

District 14

George G. Cleveland

Y

District 17

Frank Iler

Y

District 19

Ted Davis, Jr.

Y

District 25

Jeff Collins

Y

District 35

Chris Malone

Y

District 45

John Szoka

Y

District 55

Mark Brody

Y

District 61

John Faircloth

Y

District 62

John M. Blust

Y

District 65

Bert Jones

Y

District 67

Justin P. Burr

Y

District 68

D. Craig Horn

Y

District 69

Dean Arp

Y

District 74

Debra Conrad

Y

District 76

Carl Ford

Y

District 77

Harry Warren

Y

District 82

Larry G. Pittman

Y

District 90

Sarah Stevens

Y

District 93

Jonathan C. Jordan

Y

District 97

Jason Saine

Y

District 109

Dana Bumgardner

Y

District 110

Kelly E. Hastings

Y

District 118

Michele D. Presnell

Y

On the Senate side, 12 said they agreed, judges should be elected. This includes members like Louis Pate, Wesley Meredith, and Trudy Wade who have all voted to reduce the number of judges on the court of appeals and to get rid of one judicial primary in 2018.

Current Republican Senate Members who answered the 2012 Civitas Survey in support of electing judges

District

Member

Supports judicial elections

District 1

Bill Cook

Y

District 2

Norman W. Sanderson

Y

District 7

Louis Pate

Y

District 10

Brent Jackson

Y

District 12

Ronald J. Rabin

Y

District 18

Chad Barefoot

Y

District 19

Wesley Meredith

Y

District 27

Trudy Wade

Y

District 29

Jerry W. Tillman

Y

District 43

Kathy Harrington

Y

District 46

Warren Daniel

Y

District 50

Jim Davis

Y

In the coming weeks, the voters of North Carolina will find out if these Republicans will stand by the values they ran on or will bow to pressure from their leaders who want to undermine the independence of the courts.