North Carolina Democrats named Warren Judge's wife, Tess, as their
nominee for the N.C. House of Representatives District 6 seat.
Judge, 65, died Saturday night, Nov. 5, at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, where he was transported Wednesday night.
The Democratic Party House District Executive Committee for State House
District 6 met today and voted by acclamation to name Tess Judge as the
Democratic nominee for House District 6.
Warren Judge’s name will remain on the ballot. If the voters elect him,
his wife Tess will assume his votes and will serve out his two-year term.
"Warren Judge leaves behind a legacy of public service and compassion
for the people and communities he served," said Elizabeth Morey,
campaign manager for Warren Judge for NC House. "The campaign
appreciates the outpouring of love and sympathy we have received during
this difficult time. The lives Warren touched and the impact he
had on Dare County are immeasurable. Our campaign intends to honor that
legacy by continuing to campaign and give Warren one last chance to
make a difference for the people and community he loved."
"Tess's decision to accept the nomination was driven by a strong belief
that the people of our district deserve to be served the same way
Warren would have served them," Moray said. "She wants to help finish
the work she and Warren started together more than 40 years ago.
Tess believes serving Warren’s term is a way to honor his memory should
the voters elect him tomorrow. I know Tess shares the same values and
ideals that we all respected and admired in Warren and I can’t think of
a more fitting tribute.”
“We are proud that Tess Judge will have the opportunity to serve her
husband’s term if he is elected tomorrow," said Kimberly Reynolds,
Executive Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party. “This vote
also assures voters that a vote for Warren Judge will go to someone who
couldn’t be more committed to honoring his legacy and reflecting his
values – his loving wife, Tess"
Judge, who served 16 years on the Dare County Board of Commissioners --
11 of them as chairman -- is running against fellow board member
Beverly Boswell, a Republican, for the District 6 seat that is being
vacated by Paul Tine.
Although she has not served in public office, Tess Judge has been
active in the Dare County community since she and her husband moved
here from Jamestown, N.C., almost 30 years ago.
In 2011, they were jointly named Citizen of the Year by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.