Judge Paul A. Holcombe, a district court judge for the Eleventh Judicial District covering Johnston, Harnett and Lee counties, filed for re-election Thursday. Holcombe was first elected in 2008 and previously won re-election in 2012 and 2016.
Holcombe, who grew up in Raleigh, received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991. After graduation from law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law, he began his law career in 1994 as an assistant district attorney general in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Upon returning to North Carolina in 2003, Holcombe continued his public service as a prosecutor. He served four years in the District Attorney’s office in Cabarrus County and two years in the District Attorney’s office in Johnston County. In all three offices his responsibilities included prosecution of violent crimes, including sexual predators, drug offenses, property and financial crimes, and traffic offenses including DWI. He was recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law from 2005 to 2010.
“As a prosecutor, I was privileged to serve with hardworking law enforcement officers and community leaders to ensure the safety of our communities,” Holcombe said.
While serving as a district court judge, Holcombe has presided over criminal courts and civil courts on a rotating basis in all three counties that comprise the Eleventh Judicial District. He has been a certified juvenile judge since 2010.
In 2015 Holcombe was appointed by then-Chief Justice Mark D. Martin to the NC Commission on the Administration of Law & Justice where he served on both the full commission and the Criminal Investigation and Adjudication subcommittee.
“It is an honor to serve the people of North Carolina as one of their district court judges. I appreciate the bi-partisan support I receive from the citizens of Johnston, Harnett and Lee counties,” Judge Holcombe said.
Judge Holcombe has been married to Deanne Holcombe since 1994. His wife serves as a media specialist for the Johnston County school system. They reside in Clayton with their two children and attend The Church at Clayton Crossings.