“This race is a free-for-all, and for that you can thank the legislature’s decision to eliminate judicial primaries. Fight candidates are on the ballot—two Democrats, two Republicans, and one with no party affiliation. Of them, we’re most drawn to Democrat Rebecca Edwards, a family law attorney who speaks openly about the abuse she suffered as a child and has chaired the N.C. Bar Association’s Family Law Council Children’s Issues Committee since 2014. Edwards has a powerful biography, having been on her own at age fifteen after growing up in an abusive and repressive environment. Fifteen years later, she earned her bachelor’s degree, then a law degree. Now she’s running for judge, pledging never to marginalize people and to keep people from falling through the system’s cracks. We believe she’ll bring to the bench empathy for those who wind up in her courtroom—and that’s an important trait.”- INDYWEEK
So thankful to Shelia Ann Huggins for taking the time to interview me and for what she is doing for our community in an effort to help us all educate ourselves before this election!!
I'm proud to report our win against the NC Legislature at the Court of Appeals yesterday! My thanks to Colin Shive and Ken Soo of Tharrington Smith, and Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith of Patterson Harkavy for their diligent and dedicated work in this case!
Please support my campaign for Wake County Judge by liking, following, and sharing my facebook page!
Rebecca prevailed against the NC Legislature and the Board of Elections yesterday and received an order from Superior Court requiring the ballots to be printed with Rebecca's democratic party affiliation beside her name!
Now that Rebecca's lawsuit has provided for a fair printing of the ballot, we can get back to the business at hand -- spreading the word about why Rebecca is the best qualified candidate to be elected as district court judge.
We need everyone's help in getting this message out, and we appreciate so much all the support!
Press Release: Monday, August 6, 2018
Contact: Rebecca Edwards; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wake County District Court judicial candidate Rebecca Edwards is challenging the unprecedented decision by North Carolina legislators to hide information from voters in the General Election.
Senate Bill 3, passed by the Republican-run legislature this past weekend, retroactively removes the right of certain candidates, including Rebecca, to list their party affiliation on the November ballot.
Rebecca is represented by attorneys Colin Shive and Kenneth Soo of Tharrington Smith and Narandra K. Ghosh and Paul E. Smith of Patterson Harkavay, who have filed an action in Wake County Superior Court seeking an emergency order to stay Senate Bill 3. Republican legislators passed this bill – which retroactively changes the rules for candidates who already have filed for candidacy -- when they voted to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto.
When Rebecca first registered to vote nearly two decades ago, she registered as a Republican. Over the past few years, she has increasingly supported Democratic causes and candidates. Rebecca believes the Democratic Party reflects her political positions, so she changed her registered party affiliation to Democrat prior to filing for candidacy.
Unfortunately, Republican legislators don’t want voters to know that Rebecca and other candidates like her no longer support the Republican agenda. To hide that information about these candidates, they retroactively changed the rules for candidates by blocking them from listing party affiliations if they changed parties within 90 days of filing for candidacy. That’s not fair, and it’s not good for North Carolinians who value the right to make informed choices.
Senator Jeff Jackson, D-District 37, agrees this retroactive rule-change sets a bad precedent for North Carolina and gave Rebecca’s campaign approval to quote a sentence from his objection during the debate of this bill, stating “[i]f you change the rules of this election after it has begun, the court will remind you that there is a more important principal at stake than the outcome of any one election.”
Vote for Rebecca Edwards for Wake County District Court Judge
Support Fair Judicial Elections in Wake County and Across North Carolina.
******AUGUST 7, 2018 UPDATE******
We are very pleased with the outcome of the emergency hearing held yesterday afternoon before the Honorable Rebecca Holt in Wake County Superior Court. Judge Holt enjoined the Board of Elections from printing any ballots and stayed tomorrow's deadline for candidates like Rebecca to withdrawal pending a full hearing on the merits of the case scheduled for Monday, 8/13/18, at 10am.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT AND VOTED!
We will keep everyone updated as we learn anything about a decision from Cooper to make an appointment.