CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge John Arrowood announced Tuesday he will run in this November’s election to fill the seat of retiring Chief Judge John Martin.
A special candidate filing period will be held due to Martin’s retirement. No primary will be held and all candidates will run together in November.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Judge John Martin for his years of service to the people of North Carolina,” Arrowood said in a release. “I am honored to have the opportunity to put my experience before the voters in asking them to allow me to take this seat on the Court.”
Arrowood previously served on the Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2008, appointed to the position by Gov. Mike Easley to fill a vacancy. During his tenure, Arrowood authored opinions, concurrences or dissents in over 100 cases. Arrowood was the first LGBT North Carolinian to serve on the Court of Appeals.
Prior to his Court of Appeals service, Arrowood served as a Special Superior Court Judge. Earlier, he clerked for Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Arnold and served as a staff attorney and head of the court’s central staff.
Arrowood has been in private practice with the firm of James, McElroy and Diehl, PA in Charlotte, primarily in the areas of employment and commercial litigation.