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From left: Attorney Twyla Hollingsworth, Judge Lisa Bell, Judge Tyyawdi Hands, Attorney Donald Cureton, Judge Tim Smith, Judge Jena Culler, Attorney Matt Osman.

 

District judge candidates in contested races make their case

 

Sept. 14, 2010

 

 

Seven of the eight candidates in November's contested District Court Judge races were at the Forum Tuesday. All made initial statements, which are below in audio form.

The seven were Chief Judge Lisa Bell, Judge Jena Culler, attorney Donald Cureton, Judge Tyyawdi Hands, attorney Twyla Hollingsworth, attorney Matt Osman and Judge Tim Smith.

The pairings are Bell-Hollingsworth, Culler-Cureton, Smith-Osman and Hands-Sean Smith, who was not present.

Culler, Hands and Smith were due in court and so they left immediately after making their initial statements. Cureton left for court after addressing the second question below. Sarah Stevenson invited those leaving early to attend any future Forum, when time would be made for them to address questions.

During the question period, the following questions were asked. Answers to some of these questions will appear below under the name of the speaker. For each question included below, all answers offered will be included.

 

Question 1: Can justice be served in a courtroom with a daily caseload of 1,200 cases?

Question 2: We know you follow the law, but how does empathy play into your decision-making?

Question 3: Would you support a bill now in the N.C. Legislature to change divorce law to create a presumption that shared parenting after a divorce is the preferred outcome?

Question 4: How is it that persons with DWI convictions are causing accidents that kill people?

Question 5: What programs will help teens expunge from the record the convictions that later prevent them from getting jobs?

Question 6: State your party affiliation and why you are so affiliated?

Question 7: Do judges see any correlation between inadequate education and convictions that would justify prison construction planners using scores on third-grade standardized tests to project the need for new prison beds?

Question 8: What difference does experience make?

Question 9: How can current procedures for expungement of sentences be used?


 

 

 

Lisa Bell

 

 

 Initial statement

 

 

 Q1: Can justice be served in a courtroom with a daily caseload of 1,200 cases?

 

 

 Q2: We know you follow the law, but how does empathy play into your decision-making? 

 

 

 Q3: Would you support a bill in the N.C. Legislature to change divorce law to create a presumption that shared parenting after a divorce is the preferred outcome?  

 

 

 Q4: How is it that persons with DWI convictions are causing accidents that kill people? 

 

 

 Q5: What programs will help teens expunge from the record the convictions that later prevent them from getting jobs? 

 

 

 Q6: State your party affiliation and why you are so affiliated? 

 

 

 Q7: Do judges see any correlation between inadequate education and convictions that would justify prison construction planners using scores on third-grade standardized tests to project the need for new prison beds? 

 

 

 Q8: What difference does experience make?

 

 

 Q9: How can current procedures for expungement of sentences be used? 

 

 

 

 

 

Jena Culler

 

 

 Initial statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Cureton

 

 

 Initial statement

 

 

 Q2: We know you follow the law, but how does empathy play into your decision-making?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyyawdi Monique Hands

 

 

 Initial statement 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twyla Hollingsworth

 

 

 Initial statement 

 

 

 Q1: Can justice be served in a courtroom with a daily caseload of 1,200 cases? 

 

 

 Q2: We know you follow the law, but how does empathy play into your decision-making? 

 

 

 Q3: Would you support a bill in the N.C. Legislature to change divorce law to create a presumption that shared parenting after a divorce is the preferred outcome? 

 

 

 Q4: How is it that persons with DWI convictions are causing accidents that kill people? 

 

 

 Q5: What programs will help teens expunge from the record the convictions that later prevent them from getting jobs? 

 

 

 Q6: State your party affiliation and why you are so affiliated?

 

 

 Q7: Do judges see any correlation between inadequate education and convictions that would justify prison construction planners using scores on third-grade standardized tests to project the need for new prison beds? 

 

 

 Q8: What difference does experience make? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Osman

 

 

 Initial statement 

 

 

 Q2: We know you follow the law, but how does empathy play into your decision-making?

 

 

 Q3: Would you support a bill in the N.C. Legislature to change divorce law to create a presumption that shared parenting after a divorce is the preferred outcome? 

 

 

 Q4: How is it that persons with DWI convictions are causing accidents that kill people? 

 

 

 Q5: What programs will help teens expunge from the record the convictions that later prevent them from getting jobs? 

 

 

 Q6: State your party affiliation and why you are so affiliated? 

 

 

 Q7: Do judges see any correlation between inadequate education and convictions that would justify prison construction planners using scores on third-grade standardized tests to project the need for new prison beds? 

 

 

 Q8: What difference does experience make? 

 

 

 Q9: How can current procedures for expungement of sentences be used? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Smith

 

 

 Initial statement 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Your District Court

Sept. 12, 2010

 

Seats contested in November election:

 


 


Lisa Bell

Judgepedia article

UNC-TV bio

Campaign website

Facebook page

 

 

 

Twyla E. Hollingsworth

UNC-TV Bio

Campaign website

Facebook page

 

 

 

 



Jena P. Culler

Campaign website

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Cureton, Jr.

UNC-TV Bio

Facebook page

Campaign website

 

 

 



Tyyawdi Monique Hands

UNC-TV bio

Campaign website

Law office

Facebook page

 

 

 

Sean Smith

UNC-TV bio

Facebook page

Campaign website

 

 

 



Matt Osman

UNC-TV bio

Campaign website

Facebook page

 

 

 

Tim Smith

UNC-TV  Bio

Campaign website

Facebook page

 

 

 

 

 


Note: The Forum would welcome additional links to Internet resource material on the candidates. Send URLs to sjohnston@tueforumclt.org.


Uncontested seats on November ballot:

Rickye McKoy-Mitchell

Paige B. McThenia

Regan A. Miller

Theo Nixon

Becky Thorne Tin

 

 


Incumbents in District Court seats:

Lisa Bell

Kimberly Y. Best

Charlotte Brown-Williams

Ronald L. Chapman

H. William Constangy

Jena Culler

Tyyawdi M. Hands

Donnie Hoover

Hugh B. Lewis

Christy T. Mann

Rickye McKoy-Mitchell

Paige B. McThenia

Regan A. Miller

Thomas F. Moore, Jr.

Theo X. Nixon

Timothy M. Smith

Becky Thorne Tin

John Totten

Elizabeth Thornton Trosch

Louis A. Trosch, Jr.

 

 


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