Elections: District 13 Judge, Pauline Hankins

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Name: Pauline Hankins

Town of residence: Bolivia

Political office sought: District Court Judge, District 13

Political affiliation: Republican

Candidate website address: hankinsforjudge.com

Profession: Attorney


Education: South Brunswick High School; B.S. in electrical engineering, North Carolina State University; J. D. North Carolina Central School of Law, cum laude.


Family information: Parents, Elloise Hickman Hankins and the late LaSalle Hankins; siblings, Latimore, Latonya, Lamont, Sharonda Davis, Sherlene, Alcindor, Tim, Wade, John Fitzgerald, Aileen Moore, Ingemar, Joe and Freeman Hankins


Organizations or affiliations: President of the Brunswick County Bar Association; Peer Court judge for Cedar Grove and South Brunswick middle schools; board of directors for the Waves-4-KIDS, Criminal Justice Partnership Program (CJPP), and Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC); member of Love of Christ Church of Bolivia; founder of Jubilee Outreach


Why are you running for office?

The desire to use my 18 years of courtroom experience in all divisions of district court combined with my vast knowledge of the law in each of these divisions and experience as Arbitrator Judge to provide excellent judicial service.


What do you believe are the top three issues?

 1. The impact of the economy. Local courts are required to do more with less. Our clerk’s office is understaffed; our caseloads mandate the need for another judge in addition to the office I seek. The officers and bailiffs are working longer court days and our dockets continue to grow. 2. Lack of transportation. Brunswick County is a large county with limited public transportation, which impacts the ability of many to appear in court. 3. Providing community service: I strongly believe judges/attorneys should give some of their time to help others. As a Peer Court judge for middle schools and as a Teen Court judge for the high schools since the beginning of these programs, I have seen firsthand the positive impact a judge can have on the lives of our young people by teaching them about the law and how courts function.