“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.”