The News & Observer Endorses Lorrin Freeman
... "She emphatically has earned another four-year term."
LORRIN FREEMAN. The clerk of court's position tends to be a low-profile job if it's being done well. The clerk is responsible for the smooth flow of courthouse paperwork - essential to the proper functioning of the justice system. The office also presides over adoptions, foreclosures, incompetency proceedings and property condemnations - all areas with significant public interaction - and processes fees and fines. Freeman, the incumbent Democratic clerk, has had that low profile because she's done a good job. She emphatically has earned another four-year term.
Freeman had a tough task in taking over the office, where there were morale and efficiency problems under her predecessor, Republican Jan Pueschel. Joy Hamilton, then Wake's chief District Court judge, ordered Pueschel to improve efficiency and access, and the situation became so bad at one point that Hamilton and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens directed her to give complete access to criminal files to all judges, including magistrates. Lawyers and judges complained that the office was not friendly, records were not accessible and things were not running as they should.
These issues remain pertinent, because incredibly, Pueschel, an attorney and native of Illinois, wants the job back. One of her selling points is her experience as a warden at several state youth detention centers, and another is her experience as clerk. Pueschel is also using an issue that really isn't an issue: She says that under Freeman, Demario Atwater, now serving a life sentence for the murder of UNC-Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson, was sent away from court two days before the murder because of a file being in the wrong place. He was there for a probation violation hearing. Freeman counters that Atwater would in fact have been free anyway because he was in court only to be advised of his rights to a lawyer.
What this race comes down to is that Freeman has been good at the job, and Pueschel wasn't good at it by a long shot. Pueschel clearly is counting on some kind of Republican sweep to get the job back, but that's hardly a reason to give her another chance she doesn't deserve.
The Independent Weekly endorses Lorrin Freeman
"Since she took over, Freeman has concentrated on improving staff training and retention, resulting in reduced turnaround times to obtain court files. She also instituted a convenience court to let people take care of traffic tickets on their own schedule... WE ENDORSE Nancy (Lorrin) Freeman—she is well thought of at the courthouse and there's no reason to think she should be replaced."
-The Independent Weekly
Lorrin is cheered by supporters after filing for reelection. Pictured include Former Wendell Mayor Tim Hinnant, Former President Wake County NAMI Frank Edwards and wife C.J., Danny and Belinda Coleman, Lorrin's father, Franklin Freeman and husband Robert Padovano.
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Lee & Celeste Turner
James R Vann
Hon. Grier Martin
Dendy & Hal Askins
Edd K. Roberts III
Paul J. Michaels
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John & Rebecca Michaels
Cecil W. Harrison, Jr.
C. Miller Sigmon, Jr.
Kevin & Ashley Bunn
I. Allan From
E. Cader Howard
John Nathan Hutson, Jr.
Nicole & Travis Taylor
N.B. “Tex” Barrow, Jr.
Keith & Ann Satisky
John M. Silverstein
Mary C. Vilas
George & Adora Ragsdale
Don Munford, Jr.
Laura & James Vann
Robert Ramseur, Jr.
Robin & Gregory Seibert
Dan & Jane Brady
J. Roger Edwards, Jr
The Wake County, Raleigh, and Cary Chapters of the North Carolina
PBA Announce Endorsement of Lorrin Freeman for North
Carolina Clerk of Superior Court
(Raleigh, NC - October 14, 2010) -- The Wake County, Raleigh, and Cary chapters of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association recently held a series of candidate screenings for
those candidates seeking election for various elected offices. During the interview process
Lorrin Freeman demonstrated why her experiences and education make her uniquely qualified to
continue to represent the voters of Wake County as Clerk of Superior Court. She also
demonstrated to the NCPBA that she will continue to make strong, effective law enforcement a
priority as the Clerk of Superior Court. The NOlih Carolina PBA is proud to announce our
endorsement of Lorrin Freeman for re-election as North Carolina Clerk of Superior Court.
As Clerk of Superior Court, Lorrin oversees more than one hundred and fifty court employees
whose primary responsibilities include maintaining all court records, collecting monies on behalf
of the courts and serving as judge in certain cases, including foreclosures, adoptions, and estate
matters. Lorrin strongly believes that her office plays a crucial role in providing access for the
public to the justice system. She is committed to serving the public and leads her staff by
Prior to becoming Clerk, Lorrin served as an Assistant District Attorney for Wake County and
then as Assistant Attorney General for the State ofNorth Carolina. As an Assistant District
Attorney, Lorrin handled juvenile crime prosecutions during a time when youth crime was
escalating. Determined to help reverse this trend, Lorrin worked with others to establish the
Juvenile Drug Treatment Court and Teen Court. During her work for the North Carolina
Department of Justice, Lorrin worked closely with law enforcement, providing training and
serving as Counsel to the North Carolina Law Enforcement Training and Standards Commission
and the NOlih Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Recently, Lorrin Freeman was presented with the 2008-2009 President's Award by the N.C.
Conference of Superior Court Clerks at their educational conference. The award was established
for the purpose of recognizing a clerk who has given of themselves unselfishly to the Conference
of Clerks of Superior Court.
Lorrin Freeman is a woman who is deeply rooted in the community today. The North Carolina
PBA is proud to put our full support behind Lorrin Freeman for North Carolina Clerk of Superior
Comi and we ask that you do the same. According to NCPBA President, Randy Byrd, "We are
proud to endorse Lorrin Freeman in her re-election bidfor Wake County Clerk ofSuperior
Court. Lorrin has worked tirelessly to improve the criminal justice system and the efficiency of
the Clerk's office. Her efforts in creating a liaison position for law enforcement and a screening
process for magistrate recommendations are especially noteworthy and speak volumes about her
commitment to law enforcement. The choice is quite clear in this election.....a vote for Lorrin is
a vote for the men and women oflaw enforcement and the citizens they serve. "
The NC PBA will be officially endorsing Lorrin Freeman's candidacy at a campaign event on
Saturday, October 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The location is at the Garner Civitan Club at 1005
Poole Drive in Garner. The media is invited to attend.
The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association is a division ofthe Southern States Police
Benevolent Association, Inc., a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to improving
the law enforcement profession. PBA members are full-time or retired employees ofthe various
federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement and correctional agencies in North
Carolina. This professional association, funded by membership dues and citizen contributions,
provides legal, legislative, disciplinary and other representation to member officers as well as an
accidental death benefit to members' beneficiaries. The PBA prohibits members from engaging
in or condoning any strike by law enforcement officers, electing instead to represent members
through aggressive political action.