The number of candidates means voters must use instant runoff voting to choose a winner on Nov. 2. The voters rank their top three candidates in order of preference. Second-place votes are counted if no one gets a majority of first-place votes.
In the other three contested Court of Appeals races, Anne Marie Calabria is running against Wake County District Judge Jane Gray to hold onto her seat, and incumbent Martha A. Geer faces a challenge from Dean R. Poirier, an appeals referee with the N.C. Employment Security Commission. Steven Walker, a legal clerk at the N.C. Supreme Court, is challenging Court of Appeals Judge Rick Elmore. Judge Sanford A. Steelman Jr. is unopposed.