Jones won't seek judgeship


Kyle Jones, a Perquimans County commissioner, announced Wednesday that he has decided not to seek a District Court judgeship in the 1st Judicial.


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Thursday, June 28, 2018

HERTFORD — A Perquimans County commissioner says he will not run for a District Court judgeship this year.

Kyle Jones, who is also an assistant district attorney, said this week he will not run for the judgeship currently held by Judge Meader Harriss.

Harriss has already filed for a second four-year term on the District Court bench in the 1st Judicial District. 

Jones, who previously had expressed interest in challenging Harriss, had until Friday to file for the seat. He announced his decision Wednesday evening.

“I wanted to take all the time the law gave me to pray about it and come to a decision. I’m grateful for the sound advice of a few mentors,” he said.

Jones said he has talked to Harriss and informed him of his decision.

Jones, 32, also said he won’t rule out running for a judgeship in the future.

“I will always keep that option open,” he said. “For now, it’s my desire to serve the people of the First Judicial District by doing the best that I can as an assistant district attorney to make the First Judicial District a safe place for families and businesses to live and thrive.”

Jones has been an assistant district attorney since 2013. He was first elected county commissioner in Perquimans in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016, receiving the most votes of any candidate ever in a Perquimans commissioner’s race.

The 1st Judicial District includes Gates, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck and Dare counties.