2nd magistrate seeks judgeship
A second magistrate is seeking election as a Durham County District Court judge, saying fairness in the judiciary is her top concern.
Aminah Thompson, who hears cases in civil court, confirmed Monday that she will file this week. She declined to specify which incumbent judge's seat she'll seek, saying that will be clear when she files.
Thompson, 32, said it's time to bring a different viewpoint to the bench.
"I feel the bench could use a fresh, young perspective, and someone who is fair and impartial," she said. "I know my level of fairness, and people who have appeared in front of me have told me that they appreciated that I listened to them, and that I was very fair in my rulings. That has encouraged me to take my career to the next level."
Thompson lived in Amherst, Mass., and Lawrence, Kan., before coming to Duke University as a student in 1999. She graduated from Duke in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in sociology, and received her law degree in 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She's been a Durham County magistrate, hearing criminal and civil cases, since 2009.
"The main thing I'm concerned about is fairness in the judiciary," she said. "That's really what I want to promote. I know that the legal landscape and the law are ever-evolving, and I think Durham should consider some new blood."
So far, three of Durham's District Court judgeships with terms ending this year are contested. The contenders are:
- Steven Storch, a criminal magistrate who filed last week against incumbent Pat Evans.
- Attorney Fred Battaglia Jr., who is challenging incumbent Nancy Gordon.
- Attorney Henry Pruette, who will face incumbent Doretta Walker.
No one has yet filed against Judges Marcia Morey, Jim Hill or Brian Wilks.
Filing ends at noon Friday. The primary election will be May 6, and general election is Nov. 4.