|Current Court Information:|
|North Carolina Supreme Court|
|Past post:||Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past term 2:||1976-2000|
|Undergraduate:||Yale University, 1973|
|Law School:||University of North Carolina School of Law, 1976|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2014:|
Robin E. Hudson is an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. She was elected in 2006 to an eight-year term that expires in 2014. She is the only woman who was not appointed to serve on the court before she was elected.
- For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: North Carolina Supreme Court elections, 2014
- See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2014
Hudson is running for re-election to the North Carolina Supreme Court.
On October 24, 2013, Hudson announced her plan to run for re-election in 2014. She stated:
|“||I’m running for re-election because I know the challenges that people face every day...Challenges with their jobs, their families, and their property. Challenges with safety, kids, and schools. These are the things people want a judge to decide fairly, and these are the issues that I decide fairly in every case that comes before me.||”|
This was the only supreme court race in North Carolina that included a primary election. With two Republican candidates--Levinson and Doran--in the primary, voter turnout from that party was expected to be high. It was speculated that a high Republican turnout could counteract Hudson's incumbent advantage. However, after election night, it was reported that Democrats accounted for approximately 42% of the voters, while Republicans represented only about 31%.
Though North Carolina judicial elections are technically nonpartisan, the political affiliation of the state's supreme court justices and candidates is widely known. Hudson is consistently identified as a Democrat in media outlets and she was endorsed by the North Carolina Democratic Party.
Hudson has been endorsed by former chief justices Jim Exum, Henry Frye and Burley Mitchell, as well as a number of judges who formerly served on the state's appellate court.
In addition, the following organizations have announced that they endorse Hudson's campaign for re-election to the court:
- 2007-2014: Associate justice, North Carolina Supreme Court
- 2001-2006: Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
- 1976-2000: Attorney in private practice
Awards and associations
- 2002: Treasurer, North Carolina Judicial Conference
- 1978-2001: Member, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Member, National Association of Women Judges
- Appellate Judge Conference, American Bar Association
- Member, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
- Member, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Hudson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.87, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.01 that justices received in North Carolina. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- The North Carolina Court System: Supreme Court of North Carolina
- Justice Robin Hudson Facebook page
- Insurance Journal, "North Carolina Court: Commissioner Rules Until Successor Sworn In," March 26, 2010
- Project Vote Smart, Associate Justice Robin E. Hudson (NC)
- News & Record, "Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson, a Page grad, announces re-election run," October 24, 2013
- News Observer, "Hudson seeking re-election to NC Supreme Court," October 25, 2013
- News Observer, "Labor, lawyers, teachers endorse Justice Hudson," March 27, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Candidate List Grouped by Contest," March 2, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "5/06/2014 Unofficial Primary Election Results - Statewide," accessed May 7, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Lady Liberty 1885, "The NC Supreme Court Races," April 14, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Voter Statistics," May 6, 2014 (Download)
- North Carolina Democratic Party, "NCDP Endorses Judicial Candidates," April 22, 2014
- WRAL.com, "Big business spends to unseat NC Supreme Court Justice Hudson," April 30, 2014
- News Observer, "Justice Hudson picks up high-profile endorsements," April 11, 2014
- North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, "2014 NCPBA Endorsed Candidates," July 10, 2014
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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