Carrie Vickery is running for District Court Judge of Forsyth County in this year’s election which takes place on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. There are many reasons why Carrie is interested in this position, but her main motivation stems from her desire that the residents of Forsyth County have a firm, fair and compassionate judge who focuses on the rule of law while offering understanding for those on both sides of the case.
Carrie’s focus on practicing law with these principles has allowed her to achieve her dreams professionally. “I was intrigued by the practice of law because it allows me to serve people in a unique way,” said Vickery. “One of the things I love the most about being a lawyer is the opportunity to help people when they are in some of the most difficult positions. Seeing those people succeed and get through those tough times is very gratifying.”
She believes her years of experience will serve her well in the position of District Court Judge. “I am running…because experience matters,” said Vickery. “What is important to me is working for families and children. That is what I do daily. I am board certified in family law because this is so important. But, my experience also includes working in every area of the district court. I believe we need experienced judges who have handled every type of case; and I have done that.”
According to attorney Fred Crumpler of Crumpler Freedman Parker & Witt, Carrie has many leadership roles under her belt, as well as several awards for her work. “Carrie has enjoyed several leadership roles within the legal community and is the immediate past president of the Forsyth County Young Lawyer’s Division,” said Crumpler. “She also serves on the Forsyth County Bar Association’s Fee Dispute Resolution Committee and is on the North Carolina State Bar’s Paralegal Examination Committee. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves on several committees within that section. She is also a member of the Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court. All of these positions have allowed Carrie to interact with many different types of lawyers and legal professionals. In 2015, Carrie was certified as a specialist by the North Carolina State Bar in the area of family law. Carrie shares this distinction with only 250 lawyers across the state of North Carolina. Carrie has received several awards, including an award from the city of Winston-Salem in 2015 for Outstanding Women Leaders, a 2014 Winston Under 40 Leadership Award from the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, and a 2013 Special Recognition Award from the Winston-Salem Chronicle.”
Now that Vickery has the confidence of her fellow attorneys, she hopes she will soon enjoy strong support from her community. “I believe it is important for district court judges to be elected by the people they are serving,” said Vickery. “The district court is the part of our trial courts that affects people the most. For that reason, I believe it is appropriate for those people to select the judges. If I am elected, I will work closely with our Chief District Court Judge to guarantee that the issues impacting our families and children are handled with the respect and seriousness they deserve. I will work tirelessly so that everyone will have equal access to our courts and that victims of domestic violence are protected.”
When asked what she would like voters to know about her before heading to the polls, Vickery said, “I would like the voters of Forsyth County to know that experience matters, and that’s why I am running for District Court Judge.”