johnarrowoodCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Judge John Arrowood has received his first endorsement in his bid to rejoin the North Carolina Court of Appeals in a special election this November to replace retiring Chief Judge John Martin.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announced their endorsement of Arrowood on Tuesday.

“John Arrowood has been a strong advocate for the LGBT community who has demonstrated his ability to serve North Carolina well,” Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund said in a release. “His experience and excellent reputation in the legal community make him an ideal candidate to serve on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.”

The endorsement comes before official filing in the special election has even begun. Arrowood is the vice-chair of the Victory Fund’s related Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute’s board of directors.

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.

Arrowood announced his intention to run for the seat last week, following Martin’s announcement July 9 that he intends to retire in August. Filing for the race is expected in August. No primary will be held and all candidates will appear on the November ballot.

Only one other candidate, Haywood County trial attorney Hunter Murphy, has officially announced.

Matt Comer

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