Longtime Assistant District Attorney Tom Langan filed with the N.C. Board of Elections as a candidate for District Court Judge on Monday. Langan has served Surry and Stokes counties for nearly 18 years as a prosecutor, protecting the community through a strong focus on impaired drivers and crimes against children. His extensive background includes trial work at all levels of the court system: District, Superior and Juvenile Courts.
In pursuing the District Court judgeship, Langan has earned endorsements from the N.C. Troopers’ Association and Stokes County Sheriff Mike Marshall. In recognition of his experience and reputation for fairness, Langan has twice been voted the top choice of the Surry/Stokes district bar association to serve on the bench.
“Over the years, Tom Langan has demonstrated that he has the demeanor and wisdom to be a fair and firm Judge,” said Clyde Stewart, retired Executive Director of Surry Friends of Youth. “Just as importantly, Tom cares deeply about our community and always keeps the best interests of our residents at the forefront.”
Langan is familiar with the tools necessary to help children and families thrive through his work on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and the Stokes County Child Fatality Prevention Team.
Langan graduated from Duke University in 1995 and earned his law degree from Wake Forest University three years later. After working in the private practice of law, Langan joined the District Attorney’s Office for Surry and Stokes counties in 2000. A registered Republican, Langan, 45, lives in King and is a member of King Moravian Church and the Walnut Cove Masonic Lodge. He is active in the Surry County Bar Association and is a past member of the King Rotary Club.
“As a prosecutor, I know this community very well and make important decisions every day to protect our citizens and ensure that justice is served,” Langan said. “It would be a tremendous privilege to continue that work as a Judge.”
Langan’s opponent, Gretchen Hollar Kirkman, was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper in January of this year to the seat previously held by Charles Neaves, who retired last year.
“The people of Stokes and Surry counties will finally have an opportunity on November 6 to decide for themselves who will serve as their District Court judge,” Langan said. “I believe that my experience, strong track record of protecting the public from crime, and commitment to our community make me the best candidate to serve in this critically important role.”