Chris Dillon

North Carolina
Court of Appeals Judge
(Cressie Thigpen Seat)
Chris Dillon (R)
PO BOX 20255
Raleigh, NC 27619

Vote Chris Dillon for NC Court of Appeals

My name is Chris Dillon, and I am running for a seat on our North Carolina Court of Appeals that recently became vacant. My opponent was appointed by the Governor last year to temporarily fill that vacancy.

The judiciary represents one-third of our State government. Unfortunately, about one-third of our voters typically overlook these “down-ballot” judiciary races. I appreciate your interest.

I invite you to learn more about the Court and my campaign…And when you vote this November, I ask that you remember to “turn the ballot over” and vote for me, Chris Dillon.

About Chris Dillon
I was born and raised here in North Carolina by my parents C.A. and Mildred Dillon. My father ran an industrial supply business for many years as well as working in broadcasting. My mother worked as a music teacher in our public school system before retiring to raise me and two brothers and two sisters.

I graduated from Broughton High School in Raleigh and from UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate and law school. During my college summers, I worked as a camp counselor at camps in Buncombe and Stokes County, NC.

After graduated from law school and moved back to Raleigh. My career has included practicing law for one of our State’s older large firms (Young Moore & Henderson) as well as in a solo practice. My legal experience has been broad and varied. For instance:
  • I represent a State agency, and I represent individuals before other State agencies including individuals whose land was being condemned by the State.
  • I have represented individuals who wanted to develop their land, and I have represented adjacent landowners who sought to enforce valid restrictive covenants limiting development.
  • I have represented insurance companies, and I have represented individuals in matters involving their insurance coverage.
My career has also included many years working in a real estate business and also at CapStone Bank, a North Carolina-based community bank that I helped start. Through this work, I was able to work with North Carolinians from all walks of life and professions. This experience has given me a deeper understanding of the law’s impact on our lives.

In 1994, I became engaged to Ann Finley. She was born in Winston-Salem and is the daughter of A. Earle and Sarah Finley. She, too, was raised in a family with five children. Ann was teaching in the Special Education program at Enloe High School in Raleigh after having received her Masters in Special Education from NC State University.

We were married in 1995 and, following in our parents’ footsteps, have been blessed with five children: Sally, Matt, Anna, Molly and Sam. We attend Edenton Street United Methodist Church where we teach the 6th Grade Sunday School Class together.

In addition to my work experience, I have been actively involved in volunteer work in many ways. For instance:
  • I was appointed by the Raleigh City Council for two terms to serve on the Board of the DHIC, Inc. (former Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation), a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of affordable housing in our State.
  • I serve as a Director on the Board of The Vineyard Camp and Retreat Center, a Christian sports camp and retreat center in Stokes County, NC. The Vineyard is unique in that about half of its campers and counselors are from outside of the United States, mostly from Europe and Central and South America.
  •  have served as a volunteer coach in leagues in a variety of sports at the YMCA and Salvation Army 

Judicial Philosophy
  • A judge should apply the law to the facts of each case. A judge should not make up or change the law to satisfy some personal bias or political ideology.
  • Lower courts rely on the opinions of the Court of Appeals, a Court of Appeals judge should be careful not to make statements in his or her opinions that do not relate to the case at hand. Rather, a judge should only rule on issues that are before the Court. Commenting on matters not directly before the Court borders on legislating from the bench and can have unintended consequences in future cases.
  • One of my former employers had a sign on his desk that read “Do It; Do It Right; Do It Right Now.” This applies in every work in life, including that of a Court of Appeals judge.
A judge should remember that he or she is a servant of the people. At the Court of Appeals, a judge will decide hundreds of cases each year; but he or she must keep in mind that each case is not an “intellectual exercise” but rather a real case involving the lives of real people. Therefore, a judge should consider all of the positions and then reach the right decision based on the law and reach it in a timely manner so that the parties can move on with their lives.

Why Chris Dillon?

Voting for a candidate with the right experience is key. The Court of Appeals is made up of fifteen judges. Each judge serves a term of eight years, with a mandatory retirement age of 72. My opponent was appointed to the Court just last year by the Governor to temporarily fill a vacancy. We are both seeking a full term through the election this November. At 47 years of age, I am eligible to serve the entire term.

Since the Court hears cases involving a wide range of issues that are important in our State, it is important for the Court to have judges who have a broad range of experience. The Court would benefit from having at least one judge who has not only legal experience, but also experience in the small business, finance and real estate industries of our State.

Like my opponent and like many of the other judges currently serving on the Court, I have decades of experience practicing law. I have represented North Carolinians at every level of our State court system, from Small Claims Court all the way up to our State Supreme Court. I have appeared in the courthouses of over 30 of our counties in our State.

However, I also has years of experience working in and managing my own small business. In addition to being a licensed attorney, I am a licensed real estate broker. Also, I spent many years helping small business owners, professionals and other individuals from all walks of life through my work at a North Carolina-based community bank that I helped start.
A judge should not run to serve a particular constituency. Accordingly, I have not sought to obtain support from individuals and organizations representing only one political perspective. Rather, I will use my knowledge and experience to understand the issues before the Court and to apply the law in a fair manner.

During the fundraising stage of my campaign, I strived to garner support from a broad range of North Carolinians, not just from attorneys. I desire to represent all North Carolinians.

I am honored to have received the support from Republicans, Democrats and Independents from all walks of life. Though most of my supporters are individuals who are not involved in full-time politics, my supporters include:
  • A former chair of the State Republican Party and a former chair of the State Democratic Party.
  • Current and former State legislators from both parties.
  • Current and former mayors from both parties.
  • Former judges from both parties. 
I have great respect for the law and our Constitution. I truly want to offer my experience to serve all North Carolinians on the Court. One of my favorite life lessons is that a person in a position of authority should strive “to serve” rather than “to be served”.

I would be honored by your trust and your vote this November.

A judge should be fair and impartial and should strive to represent all North Carolinian’s, not just a certain group of citizens with a particular political perspective.  I have sought support from men and women from various political perspectives and walks of life throughout our State.  I am truly honored and humbled by the support I have received throughout this year during my campaign.  

Below is a partial list of people who are endorsing my candidacy:
  • Paul Coble – Republican – Former Raleigh Mayor, Current Member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners
  • Smedes York – Democrat – Former Raleigh Mayor, Chairman of York Properties
  • Richard Vinroot – Republican – Former Mayor of Charlotte
  • Stacy Miller – Independent- Former Member of the Raleigh City Council, Attorney
  • Bill Cobey – Former Chair of the NC Republican Party, Former Athletic Director of UNC-Chapel Hill, Former NC Congressman
  • Lawrence Davis – Former Chair of the NC Democratic Party, Attorney
  • Congresswoman Virginia Foxx – North Carolina Congressional District 5
  • Robert Wynne – Former Democratic Member of the NC General Assembly