By Outer Banks Voice on November 7, 2016
Judge, a Dare County commissioner for 16 years, died over the weekend after a short illness.
Tess Judge, who has long been active in local community work, accepted the nomination, according to a statement from the Democratic Party House District Executive Committee.
The committee voted by acclamation to name her as her late husband’s replacement. Ballots cast for him during early voting and on Election Day will go to her. She will serve out the two-year term if elected, the statement said.
“Tess’s decision was driven by a strong belief that the people of our district deserve to be served the same way Warren would have served them,” said Elizabeth Morey, Judge’s campaign manager. “She wants to help finish the work she and Warren started together more than 40 years ago.
“Tess believes serving Warren’s term is a way to honor his memory should the voters elect him tomorrow. I know Tess shares the same values and ideals that we all respected and admired in Warren and I can’t think of a more fitting tribute.”
Said Kimberly Reynolds, executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party: “This vote also assures voters that a vote for Warren Judge will go to someone who couldn’t be more committed to honoring his legacy and reflecting his values — his loving wife Tess.”
Married for 41 years, the Judges have often been considered a team in their community work, and in 2011 they were named Dare County Citizens of the Year by The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.
Tess judge is a member of The Outer Banks Hospital Board of Directors and serves as secretary on the board of the Dare County Children and Youth Partnership.
She is also treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, and member of both the executive council for Province IV of the Episcopal Church, which includes 20 diocese in nine states in the southeastern U.S., and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
Judge’s Republican opponent Beverly Boswell, who is also a Dare County commissioner, could not be reached immediately for comment.
They are contending to replace unaffiliated state Rep. Paul Tine, who decided not to run for re-election.