- Associated Press - Monday, June 26, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Ann Marie Calabria won’t seek re-election when her term expires at the end of 2018.

Calabria announced her decision at the North Carolina Bar Association convention in Asheville over the weekend.

The former Wake County judge was first elected to the intermediate-level appeals court in 2002 and re-elected to an eight-year term in 2010. Now age 69, Calabria would have been able to only serve another 10 months had she been re-elected next year because judges must retire at 72.

A new law could otherwise abolish her seat if she steps down during the middle of a term.

The seat for now remains intact, and a candidate to succeed Calabria has surfaced - Wake County District Court Judge Jefferson Griffin announced his candidacy Monday.

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