Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has selected Beth Freshwater Smith of Wilson to fill a vacant district court seat in the 7th District (Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties). The vacancy was created by the resignation of Judge William G. Stewart. Smith will serve the remainder of Judge Stewart’s term, which runs through December 31, 2016.
Smith is currently a candidate for the seat in which McCrory has appointed her. She advanced in the March primary and will face Lamont Wiggins, an attorney and Rocky Mount city councilman, in the November general election.
Smith currently serves as the Senior Assistant District Attorney for the 7th District, where she has worked as a prosecutor for 29 years. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 1981 and her Juris Doctor from Campbell University School of Law in 1986.