Candidate Profile
Lora Christine Cubbage

Democrat , North Carolina

Biography

Name
Lora Christine Cubbage
Party
Democrat
Race
Court of Appeals, Seat 5
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Endorsements

Liberals

9
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 3 more

Reported by Candidate

6
AFLCIO, NC Advocates for Justice, NC Association of Educators, People’s Alliance, NC Association of Social Workers, Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Democratic Party Organizations (2018)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
7
Democratic Women's Groups (2020), Don Vaughan (2020), Floyd McKissick, Jr. (2020), G.K. Butterfield (2020), Jennifer Roberts (2020), North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2020), State Democratic Party Organizations (2020)

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Judge Voter Guide gives this candidate a rating of 4 out of 10.

Questionnaire*

*The questionaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
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.

Neutral   

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

Neutral   

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

As a judge I took an oath to protect and defend the N.C. Constitution not inconsistent with the US Constitution. I committed to reviewing cases based on the rule of law, precedent and justice. No answer given should give any inference at all of any way I would rule on any case that comes before me.


Values

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

Neutral   

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

Neutral   

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

As a judge I took an oath to protect and defend the N.C. Constitution not inconsistent with the US Constitution. I committed to reviewing cases based on the rule of law, precedent and justice. No answer given should give any inference at all of any way I would rule on any case that comes before me.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian that believes God is sovereign over all. As a judge I took an oath to protect and defend the N.C. Constitution not inconsistent with the US Constitution. I committed to reviewing cases based on the rule of law, precedent and justice. No answer given should give any inference at all of any way I would rule on any case that comes before me.

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?

(Did not answer)


Qualifications

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election, 2018 General Election

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?

No Answer   

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

(Did not answer)

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

As a candidate for Judge I am required to hold a law license. I received my law degree in May 2006 and my law license after passing the bar in July 2006. My legal positions include service as an Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, District Court Judge and Superior Court Judge. I have practiced criminal and civil law as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. I am well experienced in arguing cases on the appellate level to the N.C. Court of Appeals. I have served in every trial court on the District and Superior Court levels. I have been appointed by the N.C. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to preside over specialty cases that deal with complex legal issues where millions of dollars are at stake and cases dealing with constitutional issues. I am also appointed by the Chief Justice to serve on the NC Courts Commission. This cumulative experience and background makes well qualified to carry out the duties required by a Judge on the NC Court of Appeals.

In what areas of law have you practiced?

Criminal, civil, workers compensation, real estate As a judge we have to hear cases in all areas of law as well

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

No

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

I am an independent, fair and impartial judge that understands the legal concepts and issues that will be handled at the Court of Appeals because of my experience. I also understand that lives are connected to each case and I don’t take that lightly. I make rulings and decisions based on the rule of law, facts of the case and justice- only. My personal beliefs do no come into play when I am reviewing cases and nor do other factors including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, party affiliation, or branch of government that one may serve in. The N.C. and US Constitutions and protections therein apply to all.


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.

Neutral   

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

Neutral   

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

Neutral   

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

Neutral   

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

Justice John Roberts

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

(Did not answer)

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

As a judge I took an oath to protect and defend the N.C. Constitution not inconsistent with the US Constitution. I committed to reviewing cases based on the rule of law, precedent and justice. No answer given should give any inference at all of any way I would rule on any case that comes before me.

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?

As a judge I took an oath to protect and defend the N.C. Constitution not inconsistent with the US Constitution. I committed to reviewing cases based on the rule of law, precedent and justice. No answer given should give any inference at all of any way I would rule on any case that comes before me.


Background

Education
  • UNC Chapel Hill School of Law, Chapel Hill, Juris Doctor, 2006
  • NC A&T State University, Greensboro, Bachelor, 2003
Work & Military
  • NC Real Estate, Inactive- broker license, 11
  • NC Barber Commission, Active barber license, 25
Affiliations
  • Love & Faith Christian Fellowship, Member
  • Family Service of the Piedmont, Board member
  • Guild of Greensboro, Member
  • Piedmont Capital Funding, Board member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • National Bar Association, Member
  • Greensboro Bar Association, Member
  • 18th Judicial District Bar, Member
Offices
  • District Court Judge, Held 2
  • Superior Court Judge, Held 2
 

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