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Judge hopefuls stop in Iredell
July 13, 2010

Of all the candidates whose names will appear on ballots around North Carolina in November's general election, none travel a more politically awkward campaign trail than those running for upper court judges' seats.  Most people in the nation couldn't name a member of their respective state's supreme court. And even fewer know much at all about the appeals.  But just like any other political aspirants, those seeking a bench slot on these courts do the baby-kissing, hand-shaking and back-slapping that goes with all campaigning.

Three such candidates made Statesville a stop on their catch-as-catch-can campaign tour Monday morning.  Ann Marie Calabria, Rick Elmore and Barbara Jackson are all sitting members of the N.C. Court of Appeals. Calabria and Elmore are seeking to keep their seats there. Jackson is making a run at the state's Supreme Court.  All three candidates said the political arena is a place they would stay out of if given their druthers.

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Judges stick to Constitution

July 26, 2010

Court of Appeals judges Ann Marie Calabria and Barbara Jackson want voters to know they seek to adhere to the state Constitution and the law when they make their rulings - even laws they might personally disagree with.
Jackson is running against fellow Appeals Court Judge Bob Hunter for the state Supreme Court seat Fayetteville resident Ed Brady will soon vacate.
Calabria is running for re-election against Wake County District Court Judge Jane Gray.
Calabria and Jackson visited The Fayetteville Observer office Wednesday to discuss their campaigns.

Calabria has a bit of name-recognition advantage in the Fayetteville area. She used to practice family law - divorce and related matters - in Fayetteville with Terry Hutchens. Her husband, Robert, has dental practices in Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Spring Lake and St. Pauls.

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