North Carolina Advocates for Justice Endorsement

"The North Carolina Advocates for Justice is a nonpartisan association of legal professionals dedicated to empowering a strong community of trial lawyers by protecting people, preventing injustice, and promoting fairness." "The NCAJ PAC believes these candidates merit support in the upcoming election, and will be making further efforts to promote the endorsements and empower members to communicate with clients, friends, and family in support of these endorsements." Link


North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Endorsement

The mission of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys is to: "bring together civil trial attorneys to promote the administration of justice, the exchange of information, ideas, and litigation techniques, and to strengthen the practice, improve the skills, and enhance the knowledge of lawyers who defend individuals and represent businesses in civil cases in North Carolina."  Link


The Rhino Times Endorses Chief Judge Donna Stroud

"Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals Donna Stroud is running for reelection and being challenged in the Republican Primary by District Court Judge Beth Freshwater Smith. Both candidates have a host of degrees and honors, but Stroud has the experience of being a judge on the Court of Appeals since 2006, and before that served as a District Court judge. As a Court of Appeals judge for 15 years, Stroud has written over 1,000 judicial opinions and is serving her first year as chief judge. Stroud, because of her experience, is the better choice." View Endorsement


NC Values Coalition

"Judge Donna Stroud has exhibited the highest integrity, work ethic and professionalism in her years of public service as a judge, and she has consistently adhered to the judicial philosophies of textualism and originalism. She has an immaculate record as a strong conservative on the Court of Appeals, and we need to keep her there. We wholeheartedly endorse Judge Donna Stroud for re-election to the Court of Appeals. North Carolina is blessed to have such a woman of faith and intellect on the Court of Appeals."  Link


Paul “Skip” Stam Endorses Chief Judge Donna Stroud

"Donna Stroud is on the ballot on May 17th. I hope you will vote for her re-election to the Court of Appeals. I have known Judge Stroud a long time, first as a candidate for District Court in 2004 then as a judge. She has been on the Court of Appeals since 2007 and now serves as chief of the 15 judges. I do not think I have ever appeared before her in court. I know the quality of her work by reputation but also in a different way. I have read the published opinions of the Court of Appeals for about 50 years. I scan some but read many, including all of Judge Stroud's published opinions. Her opinions are logical, clear, fair and conservative. The Court of Appeals handles most appeals in North Carolina. Only a few make it to the Supreme Court. Donna Stroud has offered over 1200 opinions and participated in the decisions in over 3,600 full cases. She is almost never reversed by the Supreme Court. Because of her excellence as an appellate judge she was made the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals by Chief Justice Paul Newby in 2001. Please join me in voting for her on May 17. Sincerely, Paul Stam"


Judicial Endorsements

Chief Judge Donna Stroud’s long-time service, deep-seated experience, and judicial soul make her an excellent servant on the appellate court. Judge Stroud is endorsed by many former justices of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and judges of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, including:

Supreme Court Justices:
Chief Justice Mark D. Martin
Justice Edward Thomas Brady
Justice George L. Wainwright, Jr.
Justice Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.
Justice Robert N. “Bob” Hunter, Jr.

Court of Appeals:
Judge Ann Marie Calabria
Judge Ralph A. Walker
Former Chief Judge John Martin
Former Chief Judge Linda McGee


Chief Justice Mark Martin Endorsement

"As a former judge in the trial courts and on the Court of Appeals, and as former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, I am familiar with the work of the courts at all levels and with Chief Judge Donna Stroud’s 17 years of work as a judge. Donna also had broad and varied experience practicing in North Carolina’s courts for 16 years before becoming a judge. When I was Chief Justice, I created the Chief Justice’s Rules Advisory Commission to oversee changes to rules and to recommend changes to statutes necessary to enable electronic filing in all of North Carolina’s trial courts. I chose Donna as the Chair of this Commission based upon her integrity, work ethic, and experience, and she continues to serve in this role today. I fully endorse Chief Judge Stroud for re-election to the Court of Appeals. As Chief Judge of the court, she brings invaluable experience and conservative values to both the Court of Appeals and to North Carolina’s court system. We are so fortunate to have Donna Stroud on the Court of Appeals." — (Former Chief Justice Mark Martin)