From her earliest years, Linda Stephens had a passion for learning and a remarkable work ethic. The first in her family to graduate from high school, Linda earned a BA in Journalism, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina and her JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her legal career has been a string of firsts: the first female law clerk to Judge Fred Hedrick of the NC Court of Appeals; the first woman associate, and then the first female partner with her law firm; and the first woman to serve as President of the NC Association of Defense Attorneys.

Linda was named one of the top 50 women lawyers in the state by Super Lawyers Magazine, and was listed among the Best Lawyers in America for her last 11 years in private practice. Since joining the bench, she has earned the J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence, and Lawyers Weekly’s Women of Justice Award, presented for “leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.” Throughout her career, she has earned respect through her willingness to do what it takes to get the job done right.

For over ten years, Linda Stephens has worked hard on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, applying her years of experience and study to complex legal matters. Her deep understanding of the law and her commitment to justice make Judge Linda Stephens a fair and effective judge, who has earned the support of lawyers and former judges from across the political spectrum.


Wake County District Court Judge
From 2011 to 2013, I served as one of two judges in the Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Courtroom, addressing allegations of children being abused or neglected. During that time, I received my Judicial Juvenile Certification. I have presided in both the criminal and civil Domestic Violence Courtrooms since 2011, and I am currently the lead Domestic Violence Judge in Wake County. I have worked with a team of stakeholders to recently implement remote e-filing of requests for emergency Domestic Violence Protective Orders by plaintiffs from InterAct, our local domestic violence shelter. I am the co-chair of the Wake County Domestic Violence Task Force and serve on the Wake County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team

Assistant Attorney General
When with the N.C. Department of Justice, I represented the agency that was then called the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in litigation regarding sedimentation and water quality in the Office of Administrative Hearings and Superior Court. I also represented the State in numerous criminal appeals.

Judicial Clerk/Research Assistant
I served in the chambers of Justice George L. Wainwright on the N.C. Supreme Court, conducting research on complex civil, criminal and domestic matters and drafting opinions and bench briefs.


Wake County District Attorney, 1989 – Present
Represent the State of NC in prosecuting those charged wtih criminal offenses ranging from property crimes to assaults and murders

Special Assistant United States Attorney, 2008 – 2009

United States Attorney for the Eastern District of NC
Worked with local and federal investigators to identify and prosecute drug organizations operating in Eastern District of NC. Appeared before Federal Grand Juries, US Magistrates and Federal District Court Judges representing the Government in criminal matters involving drug trafficking and drug conspiracies.

Contract Drug Prosecutor, 1990 – 1992

Adminstrative Office of the Courts, Wake County NC
Worked with multi-agency team of law enforcement officers to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking organizations using the Investigative Grand Jury. I was one of only eight such prosecutors statewide.

Associate with Yates, Fleishman, McLamb and Weyher, 1987 – 1989
Prepared legal documents in civil matters including pleading, briefs, and memoranda; Conducted depositions and responded to discovery requests;
Represented clients in motion hearings throughout the State of NC.


She was appointed by former Governor Jim Hunt on January 5, 2001. She was re-elected in November 2012 for another four-year term that expires in 2016

  • 2001-2016: District Court Judge, 10th Judicial District
  • 1997-2001: Partner, Hensley, Bousman, Cargill & Bryant, PLLC
  • 1988-1997: Partner, Hensley, Huggard, Obiol and Bousman
  • 1986-1988: Attorney, Hensley and Overby

She was elected to the court and took office in 2009. Worley was re-elected in 2012 to another four-year term that expires in 2016.

  • 2009-2016: District Court Judge, 10th Judicial District Court
  • 2003-2009: Attorney, Herring McBennett Mills & Finkelstein, PLLC
  • 1998-2003: Attorney, Schoch & Woodruff, LLP
  • 1996-1998: Attorney, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC



Johson-Hostler is running for re-election in the general election on November 8, 2016. Johnson-Hostler was first elected to the board in the general election on October 8, 2013
Johnson-Hostler is a native of Thomasville, North Carolina. She received a B.S. in psychology from Fayetteville State University and a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University. Her community outreach includes service on the PTA at North Ridge Elementary School and teaching first grade students at Wake Chapel Church. Hostler has also been involved with the Emerging Young Leaders Program which targets middle school girls, and has served as Troop Leader with the Pines of the Carolinas Girls Scouts of America. For over 16 years Hostler has been an advocate for women and children through her work at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, Bobby, and their daughter, Gabrielle


Christine is a 25+ year resident of Wake County and has served on the Wake County Board of Education since December 2011. During her two years as Chair, she led efforts to secure the largest increase in local funding in the district’s history.

Before serving on the School Board, Christine volunteered in numerous capacities with students, teachers, parents, and administrators in and out of the classroom. She has been an advocate for Wake County public schools for 20+ years.

A graduate of Fayetteville City public schools, UNC Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, and Princeton University, she holds a master’s degree in public policy. She has worked as a health care policy analyst, nonprofit administrator and freelance writer. Christine is a public school advocate who has brought thoughtful and practical leadership to the Wake County Board of Education.


Felton was first elected when she ran for the District 7 seat on the Wake board of education in the general election on October 8, 2013
Felton has resided in Wake County since 1964. She has 25 years of experience teaching in Wake County. She is a parent of three children who graduated from Leesville High School and North Carolina Public Universities.

Voter Registration

Our last day for registrations is October 10

because we have to allow time for processing and delivery to the Board of Elections. We only have two weeks left of VR drives. We need everyone to go to the YCV website and cover a shift. Donna Cohen worked tirelessly and finally secured two locations at Crabtree Mall on October 8. Sign up now!!

Once the VR efforts are completed, we will be seeking volunteers to make GOTV calls to the thousands of folks we have registered in Wake County. These are fun calls to make as the folks are usually very appreciative that you are calling to share information about Early Voting and other issues. We are working on setting up locations for at least 12 GOTV phone banking gatherings. Looks for more info on those events in the next few days!

Letter-writing continues through October 15

Naomi & I set a goal of 300 letters by Politicas this session. By the end of this weekend, we will have had volunteers write over 180 letters. Thank you to the many Politicas who have found this a worthwhile and manageable way to contribute to change in NC.

We have plenty of names left to share. We can give you the cards, envelopes, stamps and a sample letter along with the list of women to write to, or we can simply send you the names and you cover the other items.

I know we can work through another 120 notes in the next 16 days!

Email Dana to get supplies and/or names.

I wonder how the three Mrs. Trumps and the three Mrs. Giulianis feel about the one Mrs. Clinton? by Helen Philpot