Beaufort County native files for District Court seat now held by Cayton
A Hyde County magistrate is seeking to become a District Court judge in the 2nd Judicial District, which includes Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Washington and Tyrrell counties.
Sarah Homes, a Beaufort County native, filed Tuesday at the N.C. State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement in Raleigh. She is seeking the judgeship currently held by Darrell B. Cayton, a Democrat who is seeking re-election. District Court judges serve four-year terms.
Homes, a Republican and former assistant district attorney, said, “I have the temperament and attributes necessary for the position of District Court judge. Throughout my career as a prosecutor and private attorney, I have always strived to be honest, forthright, fair and courteous with everyone I come in contact with. I will bring each of these qualities to the bench. All judgments I render will be well reasoned, impartial, just and fair to all concerned.”
Homes was educated at Washington High School, North Carolina State University and The University of Arkansas School of Law. She’s been in private practice and served as a public defender.
Regina Parker, the chief District Court judge in the 2nd Judicial District and a Democrat, has filed for re-election. Parker was appointed chief District Court judge earlier this year after Michael Paul retired from that position. Parker lives in Martin County.
Cayton, who lives in Beaufort County, filed his candidacy paperwork June 18, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement.
Superior Court Judge Wayland J. Sermons Jr., a Beaufort County resident, is seeking to retain his seat as a Superior Court judge. He filed the required documents by mail last week.
Sermons is the chief Superior Court judge in the Second Judicial District.
According to a news release, Homes has been active in civic and political causes, having served as vice chairwoman of the Hyde County Board of Elections and Hyde County Republican Party. She is a member of the 2nd Judicial District Bar Association, where she served as secretary/treasurer from 2008-16. She is an active member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Engelhard and resides in Swan Quarter.
Homes is the mother of daughter Courtney, an ECU graduate.
The filing period for judicial candidates ends at noon Friday.
Two of the three elected seats on the five-member Beaufort County Soil and Water Conservation Board are available this election cycle. The filing period for that election ends July 6. As of Wednesday, incumbent James Allen and Adam Philipps have filed as candidates.
The other two elected members of the board are Lex Mann and Tracy Warren.
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