Wheeler Announces Candidacy For District Court Judge

SMITHFIELD – Johnston County native and local attorney Travis Wheeler announced his candidacy for the District Court Judge seat that was recently made vacant by the retirement of Judge Addie Rawls. His mother and sister were by his side Monday, showing their support, at the North Carolina State Board of Elections during the official filing. Mr. Wheeler is a conservative Republican candidate.

Travis Wheeler (center) is joined by his mother, Martha Wheeler (left) and sister, Renee Sykes Creech (right) while filing for District Court Judge at the NC Board of Elections in Raleigh. Contributed photo

Mr. Wheeler graduated Campbell University in 1997 with a B.A. and immediately entered the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, graduating in May of 2000. Since graduation, he has operated a private practice in Smithfield.

As a practicing attorney for 21 years, he represents both indigent and retained clients in both District and Superior Courts. His practice has been primarily in the District Courts of Johnston County. Mr. Wheeler currently focuses on Criminal, Domestic Violence, Traffic and Probable Cause courts.

Wheeler says he is a lifelong conservative, and firmly believes that the Founding Fathers meant what they wrote in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Holding a federal firearms license, he is a resolute supporter of the Second Amendment.

“My view on what makes a good District Court Judge goes beyond knowing the law. A District Court Judge is likely to be the main point of contact between the citizens of the county and the judicial system. I think it’s important to know that when you go to court, the judge will hear you, treat you with respect and be fair. A good judge also knows when to show compassion and when to stand firm. I will be that kind of judge and I look forward to serving the citizens of Johnston, Harnett and Lee Counties,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler said he is pro law enforcement and helps teach defensive tactics to law enforcement instructors, including how to protect themselves and safely control and arrest suspects. He also takes an active role in helping to familiarize the next generation of law enforcement officers with court testimony procedure. This provides valuable feedback and constructive criticism to enable officers to testify more effectively in court.