Tess Judge Announces Run for N.C. House Democratic Nomination
By JOY CRIST
Monday morning, Kitty Hawk resident Tess Judge (D) announced that she
is seeking her party’s nomination for the North Carolina General
Assembly representing N.C. House District 6 – which covers Currituck,
Dare, Hyde and Pamlico counties.
Tess Judge was a last
minute write-in candidate in 2016 against Rep. Beverley Boswell (R) of
Kill Devil Hills, after her husband Warren Judge – the Democratic
nominee - passed away in the days leading up to the General Election.
Incumbent Rep. Boswell announced that she is seeking re-election on Saturday.
Per her campaign
announcement, Tess Judge is a local businesswoman who has worked in
hospitality management for her entire career. She also has a long
history of public service and charitable work within the community.
“I am running because
the people of our District deserve a tireless representative who will
listen, and be responsive to their concerns and will provide timely
constituent services,” Tess said in her announcement.
“I have the experience
and passion to be an effective voice in Raleigh,” said Judge. “The
people of Northeastern North Carolina deserve to have more educational
opportunities, more access to health care and more money in their
In addition to her
career as a businesswoman, Tess has been active in the Outer Banks
community for years. She has served on the Board of Directors of the
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. She and her late husband, Warren, were
named Co-Citizens of the Year by the Chamber in 2011.
“As someone who has
operated small businesses in our community for years, through good
times and bad, I know how to manage a budget while also creating jobs,”
Tess said in her campaign announcement. “I will work with businesses,
local governments and community organizations to bring economic
development and good paying jobs to Northeastern North Carolina.”
Investing in education and job training will also be important themes for Judge’s campaign, per the announcement.
“Our people are our
greatest resource – it’s time to listen and invest in them. We need to
make public education a priority again. For years we have been asking
our great teachers to do more with less and our schools and community
colleges are underfunded. I’m running to ensure that our investments in
public education result in more opportunities for our students and a
workforce trained for the jobs of the future,” she said.
Per the announcement,
Judge also understands that fishing, farming and tourism are vital to
the district and she will champion the protection of local land and
water resources to ensure that these industries remain viable and
continue to sustain the district’s economy.
Judge was born and
raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1989, Tess and Warren moved to
the Outer Banks from Jamestown, N.C., where they raised their four
children. She has ten grandchildren.
Tess is involved in
many volunteer and community organizations supporting children and
older adults, as well as taking on prominent leadership roles within
her church and diocese. Judge now serves on the Executive Council of
the National Episcopal Church and the Diocese of East Carolina.
She also currently
serves on the Board of the Outer Banks Hospital and is Chair of the
Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, among many more.