John Snyder has resigned his newly re-elected office to accept another position in the private sector.
Under N.C.G.S. 163‑10. any vacancy occurring in the office of district attorney for causes other than expiration of term shall be filled by appointment of the governor.
For many years, members of the N.C. judiciary were all appointed or elected by partisan political elections. In the 1980s, voters in N.C. started voting for Republican judicial candidates in general elections. With this developing change, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly changed the law, making judicial elections non-partisan.
Judges are appointed and/or elected for judgeships by politics. Each and every judge has his/her own political views of the legal, political and personal issues at hand. If judges are to render judgments on the law using their legal, political, and personal beliefs, each should be allowed to express their legal, political, and personal views in partisan political elections?
In most other “vacant” elected politically partisan offices in the state, the respective Democrat or Republican Party executive committees recommend replacements to fill the “vacant” offices. District attorneys continue to be elected in partisan elections. With that being said, Gov. Perdue should do the judicious thing and appoint a Republican replacement for Snyder, a Republican.
Will Gov. Beverly Perdue decide to appoint Union County’s next district attorney following Union County’s voters’ choice or by a different Democrat Party political selection?