Candidate Profile
Cheri Beasley

Democrat , North Carolina


Cheri Beasley
Supreme Court Justice, Seat 1

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Equality North Carolina, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) PAC, North Carolina AFL-CIO, North Carolina Association of Educators, Peoples Alliance PAC, Replacements Ltd PAC and 2 more


North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Selected Contributions


Michael Stone (2008)


Lillian's List of North Carolina (2014), Local, County, and District Democratic Organizations (2014), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2008), State Democratic Party Organizations (2015)
Charlie Dannelly (2014), David Price (2020), Democratic Women's Groups (2014), Earline Parmon (2014), Elmer Floyd (2014), Eric Mansfield (2014) and 11 more







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Cheri Beasley is currently the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Governor Roy Cooper chose Justice Beasley to be the Chief Justice. Governor Roy Cooper received endorsements from Planned Parenthood and Equality North Carolina for his 2020 gubernatorial campaign.

Campaign Information:

Judge Voter Guide gives Chief Justice Beasley a rating of 5 out of 10.

Campaign ad related to racial issues.

Justice Beasley: “Our country has lost a great jurist in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a trailblazer whose commitment to justice and equality was matched only by her principled protection of our constitution. My prayers are with her family as they grieve her loss and celebrate her legacy.”

Justice Beasley: “I firmly believe in the rule of law. But its legitimacy is in peril when African-American citizens see evidence every day of a criminal legal system that appears to value Black lives less than it values White lives.”

Justice Beasley wrote, “Some of us [admirers of RBG] had seen the documentary or the movie about Ginsburg’s life, many knew her as an advocate and prolific jurist, and all of us expressed a profound appreciation for Justice Ginsburg’s service as a trailblazer in the legal profession and Supreme Court.”

Notable Recent Cases:

State of North Carolina v. Andrew Darrin Ramseur (2020)

Chambers v. The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, et al. (2020)

Preston v. Movahed, et al. (2020)

State v. James Harold Courtney, III (2019)

Cooper v. Berger, et al (2018)

Justus v. Rosner, et al. (2018)

King, et al. v. Bryant, et al. (2017)

City of Asheville v. State of North Carolina, et al. (2016)

Patrick L. McCrory, et al. v. Philip E. Berger, et al. (2016)


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

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What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?

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I voted in these primaries and general elections:

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

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In what areas of law have you practiced?

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Judicial Philosophy

The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.

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There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.

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I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

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There should be more than nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?

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Which U.S. president serving after 1960 best reflects your political philosophy?

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What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

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What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?

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