Durham District Court Judge
District Courts are in charge of hearing cases involving civil, criminal, and magistrate matters.
Shamieka Rhinehart (D)
Before becoming a judge, Rhinehart served as a prosecutor in Durham’s DA office.
Meet the candidate:
Bio: Shamieka Rhinehart is the incumbent judge in NC 14th Judicial District. She defeated the incumbent in 2016.
Rhinehart received her bachelor’s degree and J.D. in North Carolina, at UNC Chapel Hill and NC Central University, respectively. She has served as a prosecutor in Durham’s District Attorney office, an executive member of Durham Votes Coalition, the Co-President of Durham People’s Alliance, and a supervisor of District Court in Durham County.
When asked about the role of a judge, Rhinehart answered “The better judges are asking those questions so that we can be a part of crafting the resolution that will address the systemic issues and reasons that they are coming in front of you in the first place.”