Candidate Profile
Chris Brook

Democrat , North Carolina


Chris Brook
Court of Appeals, Seat 13

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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, Sierra Club North Carolina


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Local, County, and District Democratic Organizations (2020), North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2016), State Democratic Party Organizations (2019)
Democratic Women's Groups (2020), North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2020), Patsy Keever (2020), State Democratic Party Organizations (2020), Verla Insko (2019)







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Judge Voter Guide gives this candidate a rating of 3 out of 10.

On June 3, 2020, Chris Brook quoted Cheri Beasley on Facebook: "We have to be experts not just in the law, but in equity, equity that recognizes the difficult truths about our shared past.

We must openly acknowledge the disparities that exist and are too often perpetuated by our justice system.

The work of improving justice is never truly done. Justice is not an achievement. It is a practice. As we change and grow as a society, our understanding of justice changes and grows and expands. And our courts must do the same."

When Chris Brook was the legal director of ACLU’s work in North Carolina:
He said, "Lonnie was fired because he announced his marriage to his longtime partner, who is a man, and that is sex discrimination, pure and simple."
He challenged two bathroom bills in court.
The ACLU sued North Carolina to legalize same-sex marriage.
The ACLU challenged the constitutionality of Rowan County elected commissioners leading public prayer.


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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