Mecklenburg Judge Lisa Bell announced Thursday that she’ll run for the Superior Court seat of Judge Richard Boner, who is retiring after 27 years on the bench.
Bell is a Special Superior Court judge. She was appointed to the position last March by Gov. Pat McCrory. A district court judge for 14 years, she became Mecklenburg’s chief district judge in 2009.
Bell, 47, is the first candidate to announce for the seat held by Boner, the senior resident Superior Court udge in Mecklenburg. The seat carries an eight-year term.
Boner, a new grandfather at 64, had made it known around the courthouse that this term would be his last. “There’s a time to leave, and my time’s come,” he told the Observer Thursday.
Bell announced her plans Thursday in a “Dear Colleagues” letter.
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve you and the citizens of Mecklenburg County for more than 15 years,” she wrote. “With your support and the support of the larger community, I look forward to continuing my service with the same perseverance, vision and integrity that I have consistently demonstrated.”
The Republican-led N.C. Senate passed a measure this year to eliminate special Superior Court judges. It was defeated in the House.
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