Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports on the 3-person race for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. The candidates participated in a forum earlier this week, hosted by the Triangle chapter of the Federalist Society. The candidates are Barbara Jackson, Chris Anglin, and Anita Earls.

Democrats hold a 4-3 advantage on the Supreme Court. If Earls wins, the Democratic lead would go to 5-2.

Incumbent Jackson, who has written about 700 opinions during her time on the court, is running on a platform of experience and commitment to the rule of law.

Earls, whose resume spans a wide array of work in civil rights law and advocacy, is running to ensure a fair and impartial jury, increased access to justice, and elimination of unjust racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Chris Anglin, a one-time registered Democrat who switched to a Republican label before entering the race in July, said he was “running to show that partisan elections lead to candidates and results that are not reflective of the constitution.”

You can watch the forum here.