2020 Judicial Candidates
(Listed alphabetically within groups)
This information came from the candidates and in no way represents an endorsement by MTC.
We will add to this list as information becomes available.
This information came from the candidates and in no way represents an endorsement by MTC.
We will add to this list as information becomes available.
Justice & Judge Candidates
Philip Berger Jr.
Phil Berger was born in Danville, Virginia on March 26, 1972, to Philip and Pat Berger. Phil graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 1994 with a B.A. in History, and earned his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1999. Phil began his legal career in private practice in 1999. From 2001 through 2006, he joined his father and brother, Kevin, forming The Berger Law Firm.
In 2006, Phil was elected District Attorney in the 17A Prosecutorial District and was re-elected in 2010. In 2013-14, he served as President of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. In 2013, Phil represented the National District Attorney's Association in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a Non-Governmental Observer to the United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, et al hearings.
From 2015-2016, Phil served as an Administrative Law Judge with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings. In 2016, Phil was elected to the Court of Appeals.
Phil has a passion for helping young people, and is active in his community. He serves as an assistant coach with the football and baseball teams at Cedar Ridge High School, and has also coached youth football with the Durham Firebirds and Greensboro Eagles. Phil was the founder and chair of Eden Youth Football, and he served as a board member and basketball coach with Bethany Community Middle School.
While serving as District Attorney, Phil was the chair of Project SAFE Rockingham County. A collaboration with the US Attorney's Office and local law enforcement, Project SAFE implemented the 'focused-deterrence' model for reducing violent crime among recidivists and gang members.
Phil has also served as an Advisory Board Member for the Rockingham County Business and Technology Center, President of the Eden Kiwanis Club, and Board member for the Eden Chamber of Commerce.
Phil is married to Jodie Church, a public school teacher. They have two children, Philip III and Will.
10 years Law Enforcement • 23 years Experienced ATTORNEY & JUDGE • 20 plus years Retired Air Force Veteran
• Born in Moore County, NC • Grew up on a farm
… Understands and appreciates working long hard hours and especially until the job is complete.
… He is a Christian, he believes in GOD and Prayer, and he serves along with his son, Andy, as a deacon of their church.
• Married 39 years to his wife, Myong Hui (Mia), who is a native of South Korea, and now proudly she is a Naturalized LEGAL VOTING Citizen of the United States of America since December 22, 1986.
… She is a graduate of Sandhills Community College and a retired North Carolina licensed Cosmetologist.
…Myong Hui is my BEST FRIEND, and I do not thank GOD enough for bringing us together to share our lives for all these years. She gives me the motivation, strength and desire to be a good person, willing to serve others, to love all, to forgive those who have forsaken us, and to pray for forgiveness where we may have failed and forsaken others.
Law Enforcement Family
… Father, Bill Bibey now deceased, served as Whispering Pines Police 1970-1977
… Brother, Rick Bibey is retired Chief of Police , Vass Police Department after 30 years of service, a 10 year ‘pancreatic cancer survivor’ and recipient of the ‘Order of the Long Leaf Pine’
• Steve – specifically has served a total of 10 years as a Moore County Law Enforcement Officer
… He served as a Southern Pines Police Officer 1986-1988
… He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) in Resident at NC Justice Academy in 1986
… He served as a Moore County Sheriff Deputy 1988-1996, including as a Detective Sergeant from 1990-1996.
… Completed requirements and was awarded all 3 ‘North Carolina Law Enforcement Training and Standards Certificates’ 1) Basic, 2) Intermediate and 3) the “Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate” from the NC Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission.
… He was awarded the ‘Young Officer of the Year’ by Sandhills Jaycees in 1990.
During those 10 years, while he was full-time employed and fulfilling his commitment as an active Air Force Reservist; he completed a Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Carolina Technical Community College; a Associates Degree in Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force; a BS Degree in Criminology from Gardner Webb College, and lastly, in 1997 his Juris Doctorate Degree from North Carolina Central School of Law (Evening Program).
• Voluntarily served a total 20+ Years • Honorably Discharged Enlisted • Air Force Active Duty 1976-1980
• Air Force Reserves 1983-2000, Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant • Retired Air Force Reserves with the rank of Captain
… Promoted through the ranks from: Airman Basic to Master Sergeant, serving as First Sergeant of Civil Engineering Unit at Pope AFB, North Carolina
… His Unit was activated during IRAQ Desert Shield/Storm war in 1990-1991, afterwards he received a “Deserving Airman Commission” as 2nd Lieutenant
• Military Organizations
… Lifetime member - Reserve Officer Association
… Military Officers Association of America
… American Legion
• NC Licensed Attorney for over 23 years, having passed the State Bar Exam in 1997 and was sworn in to practice of law before the North Carolina Courts.
• Solo Practitioner, owner ’Stephen A Bibey Law Office’ with over 18 years in private practice
… Criminal Defense: Felonies, Misdemeanors, Infractions, Domestic Violence
… State Trial Courts: District and Superior Courts, including jury trials
… Juvenile Court: Delinquency and Undisciplined cases
… Traffic Court: DWI, speeding violations, etc.
… Abuse, Neglect and Dependency (DSS) Court: Termination of Parental Rights, Custody, Visitation, adjudications and disposition hearings
… Child Support Court
District Court Judge
IN 2014 - elected by the citizens of Moore County and he faithfully served four (4) years as one of Moore County’s district court judges until December 31, 2018.
Steve is ‘Certified in Juvenile Law’ as a District Court Judge by Administrative Office of the Courts and Judicial Standards
He completed more than 120 hours of ‘Judicial Legal Education’ thru Judicial Conferences, NC School of Government Classes and Specialized Classes for District Court Judges.
STEVE PLEDGES as a proud American, proud North Carolinian and as a proud District Court Judge to:
• follow and Uphold the Constitution of the United States
• follow and Uphold the North Carolina Constitution
• maintain a moral compass, his Integrity, and the professional competence to serve those who have placed their faith and trust in him to serve on the bench
• be Fair, Impartial, Respectful and Courteous to all Individuals before the court as well as ALL Court Personnel
• judge within the bounds of the law, without being indiscriminate or judgmental of those before the Court
PO Box 523 email@example.com 910-639-9284
Carthage, NC 28327
Jeff Carpenter is the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Union County. Judge
Carpenter served the State of North Carolina as a State Trooper for six years before attending law school at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. Judge Carpenter was an accomplished trial attorney before being appointed the Superior Court Bench by Governor Pat McCrory in June of 2016. Judge Carpenter was subsequently elected to an eight-year term and continues to serve as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Union County. Judge Carpenters also holds Court in other counties within the Third Superior Court Division on rotation and throughout the State as needed.
Don “Skipper” Creed
Chief District Court Judge Don “Skipper” Creed
Judge Creed has served as a District Court Judge since 2007. In December 2018 he was
appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin of the North Carolina Supreme Court to serve as the Chief
District Court Judge for newly created Judicial District 19D which is comprised of Moore and Hoke
Counties. Judge Creed has lived in Moore County more than 20 years. He and his wife, Laura, have
been married 20 years and have two sons, Ben who is 16 and Sam who is 12.
Marissa L. Curry
My name is Marissa L. Curry of Curry Law Firm, P.C. and I am running for the 19D District Court Judgeship, serving Moore and Hoke Counties. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002 with a B.A. in
Sociology and a concentration in criminology. I then earned my Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in 2006.
Becoming a judge has always been one of my preeminent professional goals. I began preparing for this journey by working as a Legal Assistant for Hatfield & Hatfield law office in Greensboro, NC from 2002-03 and assisting one of the partners with their family law caseload. In 2005, I accepted an internship with the Richmond County (North
Carolina) District Attorney’s office. During this time, I was very fortunate to gain exposure to a multitude of legal scenarios and gain meaningful knowledge regarding the inner working of the DA’s office and criminal prosecutions. I was also provided the opportunity to try cases in both District and Superior Court.
In 2006, I started my own independent law practice. Although, my primary focus has been Family Law (divorce, custody, equitable distribution, alimony, adoption. etc.), I have also practiced in the areas of Criminal Law in both District and Superior Court, Real Estate Law, Juvenile Law, Guardianships, and Civil Superior Court litigation.
Since beginning my practice, I have been acknowledged as a top ten Family Law attorney in the State of North Carolina (2016, 2017, & 2018) by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
I am also a certified North Carolina Dispute Resolution Family Financial Mediator.
The aforementioned details regarding my professional qualifications serve to highlight the core skills and competencies I possess to preside as a District Court Judge in the 19D District. It would be my utmost honor to
humbly and judiciously serve the court in this capacity.
Judge Chris Dillon is a sitting member of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Chris Dillon was born and raised in Raleigh, the youngest of five children. Judge Dillon is a “double Tar Heel,” having earned his B.S. in Business Administration and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following law school, Judge Dillon practiced law at Young Moore Henderson in Raleigh, focusing on administrative, business, and real estate law.
Judge Dillon has been licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission as a broker for over twenty years and has worked as a commercial real estate broker where he created and managed a number of investment real estate entities.
In 2006, Judge Dillon helped start a community bank where he served as a Senior Vice President. In 2011, he returned to private practice, representing a number of small business owners, professionals, and a state occupational licensing board.
In 2012, Judge Dillon was elected to an eight-year term on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Judge Dillon has been an adjunct professor, teaching real estate focused courses at both UNC School of Law and Campbell School of Law. In 2018, Judge Dillon was awarded his LLM degree from the Duke University School of Law in the field of Judicial Studies.
Throughout his career, Judge Dillon has served on a number of civic boards and committees, including DHIC, Inc. (formerly Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation), the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He has taught youth Sunday School at Edenton Street United Methodist Church since 1990.
Judge Dillon is married to Ann (née Finley), a special education teacher and also the youngest of five children. Together, they are the parents of five children: Sally, Matt, Anna, Molly, and Sam.
Judge Griffin was born and raised on a farm in Red Oak, North Carolina in Nash County. He graduated from Northern Nash High School where he was captain of the football team. He then went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. After graduating from UNC, Judge Griffin earned his United States Coast Guard Captain’s license and worked as a charter fisherman on the North Carolina coast.
In 2008, Judge Griffin graduated from North Carolina Central School of Law. He began practicing law in Kinston, North Carolina. In 2010, Judge Griffin joined the Wake County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted cases from infractions to first degree murder. In 2015, Jefferson was appointed by Governor McCrory to be a District Court Judge in Wake County. Judge Griffin was elected to a four-year term in the 2016 general election in Wake County.
Judge Griffin also serves as a Captain in the North Carolina Army National Guard as a JAG Officer. He is currently deployed to the Middle East with the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, known as “Old Hickory.” Judge Griffin is an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club and the Wake County Bar Association. He and his wife Katye are members of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh.
Wake County District Court Judge
North Carolina Army National Guard Officer, Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps
Candidate for North Carolina Court of Appeals
Website - www.jeffersongriffin.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jefferson.glenn.griffin/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jefferson_griffin/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/JGriffinNC
Campaign Contact Information: Katye Jobe Griffin Katye@jeffersongriffin.com (910) 733-0645
Candidate Contact Information: Jefferson@jeffersongriffin.com (919) 616-6733
April C. Wood
The Honorable April C. Wood is a District Court Judge in Judicial District 22b in North Carolina. She has seventeen years of experience in hearing a wide variety of civil, criminal, juvenile, and specialized law cases and legal arguments and in making decisions affecting citizens’ rights, duties, families, and businesses. Judge Wood is a Certified Juvenile Court Judge and the Davie County Truancy Judge. Prior to being elected in 2002, Judge Wood had her own private practice in Thomasville and handled a wide variety of cases. She is well versed in Constitutional and state law and adept in research, applying sound legal knowledge, and drafting legal documents. Judge Wood and her husband, Attorney Jeffrey Berg, live in Lexington, North Carolina with their three beautiful and intelligent children. Judge Wood grew up in various places around the world while her father served in the United States Marines Corps. Her father retired after twenty-three years of service, and her family settled down in Lexington. She graduated from Sheets Memorial Christian School as Salutorian in 1991. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College Summa Cum Laude receiving her Bachelor of Art in Prelaw in 1994. Judge Wood received her Juris Doctor degree from Regent University School of Law in 1997. She is currently enrolled in the joint Campbell University School of Law and Nottingham University School of Law program to obtain her L.LM. in Judicial Studies.
Moore Co. DA Candidates
A Campbell law graduate who came to Moore County as an Assistant District Attorney, Arthur Donadio has spent twenty-three years trying cases in the District and Superior Courts of Moore and surrounding counties. After twelve years as a partner at Crockett, Oldham, Pope & Donadio, Mr. Donadio returned to the District Attorney’s office as a Senior Assistant District Attorney with responsibility for all cases in District Court, felony trials in Superior Court, and advising law enforcement on investigations and case decisions.
Arthur Donadio is a Republican candidate for District Attorney. He has the endorsement of Maureen Krueger, the retiring District Attorney, and broad support from local law enforcement.
Mr. Donadio is running against Mr. Hardin (below)
My name is Michael Hardin, and I am the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Hoke and Scotland Counties. Over the past 23 years, I have tried thousands of cases. I spent nearly 19 years concentrating on the prosecution of rape and child sex offense cases. In the past four years, I have primarily handled homicide cases, including capital murder. I have a track record for the successful prosecution of serious, high profile felony jury trials. I also have extensive management experience in a two-county prosecutorial district, having served as both the Senior Assistant District Attorney in Hoke County and the Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney for both Hoke and Scotland Counties.
My family lives in Southern Pines. My wife, Victoria, and I have been married for 12 years, and we have an 8 year old son, who attends school in Moore County. My family and I are committed to this community. It is our home, and we care deeply about building strong relationships within the community, which is why I have extended my community involvement to organizations outside of the courthouse.
I served for several years as the Hoke County Chairman of Ducks Unlimited, a non-profit conservation group, conserving wetlands. I currently serve on the Child Advocacy Center board, providing services for child victims who have suffered from sexual and physical abuse. I also serve as a board member for the Partnership for Children, providing services to the community through programs like Smart Start and NC Pre-K. I also serve on the Advisory Board for Liberty Hospice, providing services to the terminally ill. For several years I have been a member of the Kiwanis, whose sole purpose is serving children in the community.
I have shared my expertise in prosecution services with others through my service on the North Carolina District Attorney’s Best Practices Committee, an advisory committee established by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. This committee consists of a select group of experienced prosecutors from across the State, who advise all prosecutors statewide on the best practices in prosecution services.
With the creation of the newly formed prosecutorial district, the citizens deserve a District Attorney with extensive experience in the management of a two-county district, successful courtroom experience, and community involvement. I believe my longstanding dedication to the public and to victims of serious crime make me the clear choice in the 2020 Republican primary, and I would appreciate your support. If you would like additional information, please view and like my Facebook page at Hardin for District Attorney or my website at https://hardinforda.com/
Mr. Hardin is running against Mr. Donadio (above)