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NCCU Alumni Fare Well on Election Day
Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2010

At least 19 alumni of North Carolina Central University were elected or reelected to public office on Tuesday.

“The success of these outstanding NCCU graduates in yesterday’s election is a reflection of our mission to develop students who can lead at the highest levels of civic and government affairs,” said NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms.

The final tallies were unofficial, but an informal survey by the university identified these successful candidates:
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who earned both undergraduate and law degrees from NCCU, was reelected in eastern North Carolina’s First Congressional District.
State Sen. Dan Blue (B.A., 1970) was reelected in his Wake County district, as was State Sen. Eleanor “Ellie” Kinnaird (J.D., 1990) in Orange County. 

Three members of the N.C. House of Representatives also were returned to office by voters: H.M. “Mickey” Michaux (B.A. 1952, J.D. 1965) from his Durham district, Alice L. Bordsen, (J.D. 2001) from Alamance County, and Jean Farmer-Butterfield (B.A., 1970) from Wilson County.

In judicial elections, Cressie Thigpen, (B.S. in Business), was the top vote-getter in a 13-person race for a full term on the N.C. Court of Appeals bench, after being appointed to the seat earlier this year by Gov. Bev. Perdue. An instant runoff process will be used in the coming days to determine the official winner. Thigpen is a former chairman of the NCCU Board of Trustees. Richard Elmore (J.D. 1982), an incumbent on the Court of Appeals, won reelection to his seat.

Two NCCU School of Law graduates were reelected as district court judges in Wake County: Craig Croom (1994), and Keith O’Brien Gregory (1994).
Elaine Bushfan (B.S. 1984, J.D. 1991), a longtime judge in Durham district court, was elected to the bench of the Durham County Superior Court.

Milton F. “Toby” Fitch (B.A. 1969, J.D. 1972) was reelected as chief resident Superior Court judge in the judicial district that comprises Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

In Durham County District Court races, Pat Evans (B.A. 1980, J.D. 1984), won election to a first term as a judge, and Brian Wilks (J.D. 1996) won reelection.

In Johnston County, Addie Rawls (J.D., 1989) was reelected as a district court judge.

Other successful alumni candidates included:
Tracey Cline (J.D. 1989), reelected as Durham County district attorney.
Archie Smith (J.D. 1976), reelected as Durham County clerk of superior court
Tony Gurley (J.D. 2003), reelected to the Wake County board of commissioners
Harold Cogdell (J.D. 1996), reelected to the Mecklenburg County board of commissioners.
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (J.D. 1975), reelected to the Louisville (Ky.) Metro Council.

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