Candidate Profile
Jefferson G. Griffin

Republican , North Carolina

Biography

Name
Jefferson G. Griffin
Party
Republican
Race
Court of Appeals, Seat 13
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Originalist Information icon *

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

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

1
North Carolina Values Coalition

Liberals

1
North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) PAC

Others

3
North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, *North Carolina Troopers Association, Wake GOP

Reported by Candidate

2
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Former NC Supreme Ct Chief Justice Burley Mitchell

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Pat McCrory (2015), State Republican Party Organizations (2018), Thomas Murry (2014)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
9
Dennis Riddell (2018), Gregory F. Murphy (2018), Leo Daughtry (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Norman Sanderson (2018), Paul Stam (2019) and 3 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2020)

Summary

8%

LIBERAL

92%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Judge Voter Guide gives this candidate a rating of 6 out of 10.

Questionnaire

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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.


Values

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

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.

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?

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty orders


Qualifications

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

No Answer

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.

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.

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

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.

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.

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.

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

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.


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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty orders

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

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty orders

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

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.

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?

Judge Griffin is currently on active duty military orders and is unable to respond to this question.


Background

Education
  • Judge Advocate Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA, Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, 2017
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC, J.D., 2008
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, B.A. in History and Political Science, 2003
Work & Military
  • North Carolina Army National Guard, Captain, JAG Corps, 2018 - present
  • North Carolina Army National Guard, First Lieutenant, JAG Corps, 2017 - 2018
Affiliations
  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Member
  • Kiwanis Club of Raleigh, Board of Directors, Membership Chair, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Member
  • Lenoir County Bar Association, President, Member
  • Step Up Ministry, Co-partner and adult life skills mentor
  • Enloe High School, Volunteer Football Coach
Offices
  • Wake County District Court Judge, Held 2015 - present
  • Wake County District Attorney, Sought 2014
 

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