NC Court of Appeals: Tyson appears to win in 19-person field

Charlotte attorney John Arrowood appeared to fall short Tuesday in his bid to best 18 other candidates for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.

With about 88 percent of precincts reporting, Arrowood, a former member of the Court of Appeals, was running a distant second to Fayetteville lawyer John Tyson. Tyson, also a former member of the Court of Appeals, had garnered 24 percent of the vote to Arrowood’s nearly 15 percent.

Nineteen candidates filed after Chief Judge John C. Martin, 70, unexpectedly announced his early retirement in August. His retirement came too late in the election cycle for a primary to be held to winnow the field to two hopefuls.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Special Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell to fill the seat until Dec. 31, but she was not among the 19 candidates seeking election to the court.

In races for other Court of Appeals seats:

• Lucy Inman, a Superior Court judge from Wake County, was leading Bill Southern, a District Court judge from Stokes County.

• Court of Appeals Judge Mark Davis was leading Paul Holcombe, a District Court judge from Clayton.

• Donna Stroud, a former District Court judge from Garner who was first elected to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 2006, was running unopposed.