Governor Appoints Craig James To Fill District Court Judicial Vacancy

RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper has appointed the Honorable Craig James to serve as District Court Judge in Judicial District 11, serving Johnston, Harnett and Lee Counties. He will fill the vacancy created by the election of the Honorable Paul Holcombe to Superior Court Judge.

“Judge James has been an excellent judge for this district during the past year and I’m grateful for his willingness to continue his service to the people of North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper.

Judge James has served as a District Court Judge since April 2022. Previously, he was a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Craig James. He also served in the U.S. Army. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University.


  1. Just to be clear, he was appointed by cooper to fill the unexpired term of Addie Rawls in April of this year (2022). Did he run for that office in November ? He needed 6000 signatures to get on the ballot as an unaffiliated–did he lose and now cooper is appointing him again to Holcombe’s old district? Please give us more of a report that what appears here.

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