Press Release 9.17.18
FRIENDS OF DURHAM ENDORSE HILL, BATTAGLIA AND BAXTON IN JUDICAL RACES.
The Friends of Durham have completed their endorsement process for the contested judicial races in the General Election November 6. 2018.
After in person interviews, the Friends have endorsed the following candidates: Judge James Hill and Judge Fred Battaglia for District Court and Attorney Dawn Baxton for Superior Court.
Judges Hill and Battaglia are incumbents on the District Court. Judge Hill is now the Senior Judge having served 16 years, while Judge Battaglia was elected 4 years ago. They are both experienced trial judges and demonstrate the needed skills and temperament in the District Court where many cases are diverted to such programs as the Misdemeanor Diversion Program and the Mental Health Court. They both are also experienced in handling divorces and other domestic matters, which are dealt with exclusively by the District Courts.
Attorney Dawn Baxton has significant trial experience, having handled over 50 jury trials in the Superior Court and hundreds of other matters in District Court. She has served as a public defender since 1999 and is now the Senior Assistant Public Defender. Her knowledge of trial practice makes her an excellent choice for the Superior Court. She also teaches at North Carolina Central Law School and the UNC School of Government.
There are also two contested positions on the Soil and Water Conservation District. We have endorsed David Harris, who was appointed to an open seat as a Supervisor, and Laura Marie Davis who is an Associate Supervisor. They will both make excellent permanent Supervisors.
A key issue for the Friends has always been Public Safety. Dick Ford, Chair of the Friends stated: “We support the election of Hill, Battaglia and Baxton as three knowledgeable commonsense jurists and the best choices to promote and protect public safety in Durham.”
We thank all the candidates for their willingness to serve in Durham.
Early voting begins October 18 and absentee ballots became available September 7. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.