LUMBERTON — Filing begins Monday for three District Court seats that will be up for election on Nov. 6, and all three of the seats are unlikely to have incumbents who have been elected.
The filing must be done at the state Board of Elections office in Raleigh, but only after the local elections office has verified residency for the potential candidate. The filing cost is $1,167. A recent change makes the election partisan, meaning candidates will file by party.
District Court Judge Herbert Richardson recently announced his intent to retire. He was appointed in 1979, meaning he will leave with almost 40 years service, making him one of the longest serving judges in North Carolina.
Chief District Court Judge J. Stanley Carmical, a Lumberton native who has served on the bench in Robeson County since 1989, has been nominated for a special Superior Court seat, which is awaiting approval by the General Assembly. It is likely that someone will be appointed to fulfill his term, which ends Dec. 31.
Dale Deese is the other District Court judge whose seat is up for election. He was appointed to the seat two years ago when John Carter retired.
Candidates pick the District Court seat that they file for.