Judge Joe John Announces Campaign for NC House

Promises Common Sense Approach focused on Jobs and Education


Monday, December 14th, 2015

Contact: Casey Wilkinson, NC House Democratic Caucus Director

(919) 306-0701



Former NC Court of Appeals Judge Joe John announced his bid for North Carolina House District 40.  Judge John served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1993 to 2001.  In October of 2010, he was appointed Director of the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory following the release of a report suggesting issues at the Lab.  John is widely credited with having restored credibility to Lab operations.

“Politicians at all levels have lost their focus, abandoning the responsibility of governing to engage in divisive finger-pointing and name-calling,” Judge John said.  “I am running for the State House because I believe it is time for a fresh approach. We need a common sense approach that is dedicated to meeting the needs of North Carolina’s families.  We must work without rancor to create good jobs in our state and make sure our children are receiving a quality education.

As a former trial and appellate court judge, I also know our courts have long been underfunded and understaffed.  Drug courts, which address the cause of nearly all crime in our state, have been cut.  It is time to make the judicial branch of government an equal partner with the legislative and executive branches.”

Judge John is challenging Republican Representative Marilyn Avila in one of the most competitive state house seats in the state.  House District 40 is located in Wake County and includes portions of Raleigh, Morrisville and Cary.

“Judge Joe John has a proven record of common sense leadership.” said Democratic Leader Larry Hall. “His experience as both a judge and as Director of the SBI crime lab will bring a much needed perspective to the General Assembly.  We look forward to working with him during the campaign and as a fellow legislator.”

Judge John and his wife, Evelyn, have been married for 33 years and live in North Raleigh. Evelyn is a Realtor with Fonville Morisey Barefoot.  The couple has three adult children, Steffi Briley and her husband Andrew along with twin sons, Andy and Joe.  Judge John is a proud grandfather to one granddaughter, Lessie Ann Briley.

During his career, Judge John has also worked as a Legal Aid lawyer, a prosecutor and a litigation attorney in private practice.  He is a certified mediator and arbitrator.  Judge John has been active in state and local bar associations and in numerous community organizations including the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.  Judge John also spent many years as a volunteer youth baseball coach.