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N.C. Court of Appeals (Seat 3)

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    Allegra Katherine Collins
    (Dem)

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    Chuck Kitchen
    (Rep)

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    Michael Monaco, Sr.
    (Lib)

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Experience (35 words max) Campbell Law Professor of Judicial Writing and Appellate Advocacy; Appellate advocate in NC Court of Appeals and Supreme Court; Appellate Reporter at NC Supreme Court; Clerk on the Court of Appeals to Judge Linda Stephens
3 favorite endorsements for this election NC Democratic Party and NC AFL-CIO
I have focused my career on appellate law and judicial process in our appellate courts. With my experience, expertise, and dedication to the law, I will be a judge who renders fair and accurate decisions. My experience and expertise mean I will do this job well, my passion for this work means I will continuously strive to do it better.
Experience (35 words max) Licensed as attorney in North Carolina for 38 years, including 30 years as a county attorney. I am currently in private practice representing parties in State and Federal trial and appellate courts.
3 favorite endorsements for this election N.C. Republican Party, Alamance Sheriff Terry Johnson, N.C. Federation of Republican Men
In order to make a good appellate judge, you must have extensive experience both trying cases and handling appeals. I am the only candidate who has both, including successfully defending Sheriff Terry Johnson against the US Department of Justice. I have also filed more than 100 briefs and petitions in the appellate courts.
Experience (35 words max) 2000-2015 Monaco & Roberts, PLLC: A general service law practice that handled a wide spectrum of legal issues for clients.
The purpose of the court is to be objective and independent; especially in disputes between the branches of government. These good governance cases can present conflicts to the other candidates who are associated with the dominant parties in North Carolina politics. These dominant parties have engaged in partisanship in recent years and we need to be vigilant to keep judiciary independent.