- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Another North Carolina Court of Appeals judge is interested in moving up to the Supreme Court with the approaching resignation of Chief Justice Mark Martin.

Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman announced Wednesday she planned to run for a vacant Supreme Court seat in 2020. In a news release, Inman anticipates that will be the seat currently held by Associate Justice Paul Newby.

Newby’s associate seat already was on the 2020 ballot. But since Martin announced last week he was leaving Feb. 28 for a Virginia law school. A top state Republican Party leader and a news outlet said Newby told them he now intends to run for chief justice.

Court of Appeals Judge Phil Berger Jr. said earlier this week he was interested in running for Newby’s current seat.

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