Judge Rick Elmore of the North Carolina Court of Appeals announced on Wednesday that he will not seek a third eight-year term when his current term ends in 2018.

Of course, with the end of 2018 a long ways away, Judge Elmore still has hundreds of cases ahead of him.  Nonetheless, we want to take this opportunity to thank Judge Elmore for his dedicated service to our State and the lawyers and litigants who have appeared and will appear before him over the scope of his sixteen-year tenure.

Today, appellate attorney and Campbell Law professor Allegra Collins announced her candidacy for the seat.  Under S.L. 2016-125, enacted last December, the race for Judge Elmore’s seat will proceed by way of partisan primaries in the spring of 2018, followed by a general election in the fall.

–Matt Leerberg