Judicial candidate vows to defeat opponent appointed to bench – Rocky Mount Telegram

A local lawyer is crying foul over the gubernatorial appointment of his rival for a vacant judge’s seat just months away from the election.

Beth Freshwater-Smith was appointed Friday by Gov. Pat McCrory to a District Court seat in the 7th District, which includes Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. She faces Lamont Wiggins in November’s election.

Wiggins said November’s race will change who sits on the bench.

“Voters in the primary designated me as the highest vote getter,” Wiggins said. “I will be the next elected judge in the 7th District.”

Freshwater-Smith said she was honored by the appointment. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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