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Kris D. Bailey 

N.C. District Court - 10th Judicial, Wake County

Full Legal Name: Kris Douglass Bailey

Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Kris D. Bailey

Seat/ District: 10th Judicial, Wake County

Partisan Affiliation: non-partisan race, am registered republican

Date of Birth: November 22, 1956

Home Address: Wake County, Cary, NC

Campaign Web Site: www.krisbaileyjudge.com

Occupation & Employer: Bailey Mediation LLC

Bachelor's Degree Year & Institution: BS Business Adm. Freed-Hardeman College 1978

JD Year & School: U of Georgia School of Law 1995

Other Degrees: Masters Winthrop University 1981

Years lived in North Carolina: 20 plus

Home Phone: 919-271-1333

Work Phone: 919-271-1333

Email: judgeKdB@nc.rr.com


1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing the District Court? What are your top priorities or issues of concern for the coming term?

Overcrowded and too many cases not reached. Rise in violent juvenile crime and juvenile gang activity.

2. What qualifies you to serve?

Experience. My opponent, while well meaning,  recently passed the bar in 2008. My record is one of hard work and accuracy.  To my knowledge, my decisions have not been reversed by the Appellate  Courts.

3. How do you define yourself politically?

Fiercely independent. Refuse  to solicit or accept $ from lawyers. Only candidate in this race with that  conviction. How does that impact your judicial approach? Balanced decisions  without the pressure of favoritism.

4. FOR INCUMBENTS: What have been your most important decisions in your current capacity? FOR CHALLENGERS: What decisions has the incumbent made that  you most disagree with?

5. What do you feel was the U.S. Supreme Court's most important recent decision? Did you agree with the majority?

Caperton v. Massey I agree with the result, but am concerned, like Chief Justice Roberts, that the standard set is amorphous. They are all important. They are the law of the land.

6. Do you feel that North Carolina's current system of judicial elections serves the state well? Are there other forms of selecting judges you feel would function better or worse than the current one?

Mixed bag. Political appointment has proved to be very political indeed.

7. Have you ever pled guilty or no contest to any criminal charge other than a minor traffic offense? Please explain.

No.

8. Is there anything else you'd like to add about yourself or the issues that are important to you?

9. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.

Have a record of ruling for or against either side, depending on the evidence.

10. On the District Court level, what improvements can be made in terms of the juvenile justice system? What are the weaknesses or constraints in the court's handling of juvenile offenders?

More screening and diversion of non-violent juveniles. More involvement of family and extended family.

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