An independent judiciary is critical to a strong democracy.
I pledge to oppose any attempts to inject politics into North Carolina’s justice system, including proposals that would shorten judicial terms, gerrymander court districts, or eliminate elections to allow legislators to appoint judges.
Sign the pledge:
Legislators Who Have Signed The Pledge
Representative Marcia Morey
"Our courts must remain a fair and independent branch of government. Justice is for the people and must never be influenced by special interests or legislative power grabs."
Senator Dan Blue
"The independence of our judicial system is vital to the health of our democracy. Courts should operate under the letter of the law, not the persuasion of political parties."
Representative Darren G. Jackson
"Independent courts are critical to providing justice for all. It's important for everyone to fight for fair and impartial courts."
Representative Chaz Beasley
"An independent judiciary is a key part of the foundation of our state and our country. We should strengthen our courts, not undermine them."
Representative Pricey Harrison
"Any efforts to revise judicial elections, districts, and terms must be undertaken in a thoughtful and deliberative nonpartisan manner involving all stakeholders, and most definitely not the way it is being undertaken by the Legislature. I very much agree that an independent judiciary is critical to a strong democracy."
Representative John Autry
" An independent judiciary is a corner of our Republic and must be preserved for future generations."
Senator Terry Van Duyn
" An independent judiciary is fundamental to the principle of equal protection under the law. Thank you to everyone who is willing to fight for what is right."
Representative Joe John
"There cannot, and must not, be any substitute for our constitutionally established. separate, independent and co-equal judicial branch of government. Fair, objective, impartial courts are the foundation stones of our form of government and provide checks and balances against the legislative and executive branches."
Representative Garland E. Pierce
"I will help fight this battle with all my strength. You can count on me."
Representative Evelyn Terry
"Justice is served when left to the letter and spirit of the law; it ensure the sanctity of this great democracy. It balances power."
Representative Graig R. Meyer
District 50 “Our courts should belong to the public, not politicians.”
Senator Paul A. Lowe, Jr. District 32 "We must have a fair and independent judiciary."
Representative Mary Belk
" I am committed to maintaining the independence of the NC Judiciary and will do everything in my power to fight current attacks on judicial independence in our state."
Senator Jeff Jackson
Representative Rodney W. Moore District 99
Representative Susan C. Fisher
Representative Terry E. Garrison
Representative MaryAnn Black
Representative Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. District 107
Senator Joyce Waddell District 40
Senator Mike Woodard
Representative Cynthia BallDistrict 49
Representative William O. Richardson
Representative Amos L. Quick District 58
Representative Deb Butler
Representative Carla D. Cunningham District 106
Representative Grier Martin
Representative Edward Hanes, Jr.
Representative Verla Insko
Senator Joel D. M. Ford District 38
Representative Charles Graham
Representative Becky Carney District 102
Representative Robert T. Reives, II
Representative Cecil Brockman District 60
Senator Gladys A. Robinson
Representative Howard J. Hunter, III
Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield District 24
Representative Marvin W. Lucas District 42
“I appeal to my fellow Republicans: Let’s be the party of good government. Let’s not be the party of coercive government.” -Republican former NC Supreme Court justice Bob Orr