Local bar votes on new judge recommendations

Staff Report

Members of the local bar voted Wednesday and determined which five attorneys will be recommended to the governor to fill a vacant District Judge seat.

They are Marion Boone, of Dobson; Patrick Casstevens, of Dobson; Tom Langan, of King; Josh Simpson, of Pilot Mountain; and David White, of Dobson.

The 17B Judicial District Bar consists of licensed attorneys who reside or work in Stokes or Surry counties.

The group’s Jan. 4 meeting was held at The Pilot Center in Pilot Mountain and was well attended, according to District Court Judge William Southern.

Gov. Roy Cooper may appoint anyone on the list submitted by bar president and Dobson attorney Karen Adams.

He may also choose another qualified bar member, Southern said.

“We trust Governor Cooper will be diligent in making his decision and realize he also has many appointments in his gubernatorial transition,” Southern said. “However, I am hopeful the vacancy will be filled soon.”

The District Court vacancy was created due to Judge Angela Puckett’s election to a Superior Court seat in November.

She was sworn in Jan. 1 to the seat just vacated by the retiring Judge Moses Massey. After a long career, including the past 16 on the Superior Court bench, Massey retired at the end of the year.

Puckett was in the middle of a four-year District Court term that expires in 2018. In North Carolina, the governor appoints a replacement for a mid-term District Court vacancy.

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