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State of North Carolina

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: North Carolina

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 7 of North Carolina's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates should not intentionally and knowingly misrepresent their identity or qualifications. The code was revised in 2003. Under the previous version of Canon 7, judges could not personally solicit campaign contributions or request public support, or make pledges or promises of conduct in office. 

Even though judicial elections are nonpartisan, candidates are permitted to identify themselves as members of political parties and attend and speak at political gatherings.