It is important for all voters to be educated in many areas of the election process. We need to know who is running for elected positions, what they believe, and what kind of track record they have that can shed some light on what they can realistically bring to the table. One area voters struggle with finding information about is the judicial elections, yet these are critically important to our system of justice. It is important to make an informed decision about whom to vote for, because our community is directly impacted by judicial decisions.
Eric Morgan believes his career as a lawyer has allowed him to help people while seeking justice at the same time. He believes that the ability of citizens to “have their day in court” is essential to our democracy, and it is important that judges have a broad range of experience as lawyers. For those reasons among many others, Eric Morgan is running to retain his seat as a North Carolina Superior Court Judge, so he can continue to serve the community he calls home.
“Before becoming a judge, I practiced law for 23 years,” said Morgan. “My caseload was mostly litigation in Superior Court. I tried numerous civil superior court cases and also took special training and volunteered with the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office to prosecute child sexual abuse cases. Through all the superior court trials that I did, there were many judges that I greatly admired, including Judge Ron Spivey. During my time in court, I realized that it would be an incredible honor and privilege to use my experience and legal abilities to promote the search for truth and justice in our courts by serving as a judge.”
As an incumbent Superior Court Judge, Morgan has significant experience. “My background and experience is something I draw on when hearing cases in Superior Court,” said Morgan. “From 1991 until 1994, I practiced in Winston-Salem in the litigation section of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. I then had a civil litigation practice in Kernersville, in a wide variety of areas of law, including personal injury, construction, contract litigation and business representation. I was appointed to serve as a Superior Court Judge by Governor Pat McCrory in 2014 upon the retirement of Judge Ron Spivey. My broad background and experience as a trial attorney in Superior Court has given me the experience needed to serve as a judge.”
With all the attention the legal system has received in the media in recent years, it is increasingly important to be informed and confident about your vote. “At the very core of our system of government is trust in the legal system,” said Morgan. “It is my hope that we can continue to promote a high level of trust in our courts. I look forward to continuing to be fair, make sure that parties have a full opportunity to be heard and that justice is served. I have been very honored to be endorsed by Scott Cunningham, former Winston-Salem Chief of Police and Neal Stockton, retired Kernersville Chief of Police, as well as the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police, the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Fraternal Order of Police, and the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association,” said Morgan. “I am honored to have the support and endorsement of William B. Reingold, Chief District Court Judge (retired) and William Freeman, Superior Court Judge (retired). Faith is an important part of my life, and I am an active member of First Baptist Church of Kernersville, where I have served as a deacon, as a trustee, and I have taught Sunday school for many years.”
Eric Morgan and his wife, Dawn, have three children, who are active in scouting. Their oldest, John, is an Eagle Scout and was Senior Class President at East Forsyth High School in 2016. Dawn was elected to the Kernersville Board of Aldermen in 2001 and became Mayor in 2008. She was recognized as the Kernersville Citizen of the Year in 2011 and Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2014 by the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Morgan is the first female in the history of Kernersville to be elected Mayor; the town was incorporated in 1871.