Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson of Charlotte has announced plans to run next year for the state Supreme Court, hoping, he says, to become the first man elected to North Carolina’s highest court who has worked at every judicial rung below it.
Levinson, 46 and a registered Republican, started his legal career as a prosecutor. He later served on the benches of District/Family Court, Superior Court and the state Court of Appeals. He first ran for the state Supreme Court in 2006, losing in the general election.
After serving on the appeals court for five years, he resigned his seat in 2007 to become the Justice Attache to Iraq for the Bush administration. There, he led a team of Justice Department personnel, including FBI agents and U.S. attorneys, who helped set up a national Major Crimes Court to prosecute terrorism suspects. He also managed diplomatic relations between the U.S. Embassy and the Iraqi Supreme Court.
In 2009, he moved to Afghanistan, where he helped establish a court to handle commerce- and business-related disputes.
After Levinson returned to Charlotte in 2009, he was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue to Mecklenburg County Superior Court. He ran unopposed during the 2010 election, and his current term runs through 2018.
Levinson was born in Gastonia and raised there and in Charlotte. He said he is expecting bipartisan support and that the Supreme Court needs justices “who have actually been in courtrooms making decisions.
“My breadth of experience can add real value.”
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