Judge Gretchen Hollar Kirkman has filed with the N.C. Board of Elections as a candidate for her seat for District Court Judge. She is one of four district court judges serving District 17B, Surry and Stokes Counties. Judge Kirkman received her undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and obtained her law degree from Wake Forest School of Law in 2000.
Judge Kirkman is homegrown from Surry County. While growing up in Dobson, she attended Dobson First Baptist Church, Dobson Elementary School, Surry Central High and Surry Community College prior to attending UNC and Wake Forest. She is the daughter of Dr. Thurman D. Hollar who is a retired professor of 33 years from Surry Community College and Ann Hollar Garner. Garner retired with 31 years in the Surry County School System. She worked as a special needs teacher at Dobson Elementary, White Plains Elementary, Central Middle School and Surry Central High School. Garner brought Special Olympics to Surry County 40 years ago.
Prior to becoming a District Court Judge, Kirkman practiced for years in all of the courts serving citizens of Surry County and Stokes County. She has 16 years of experience in criminal court, juvenile court, civil court, child support enforcement court, domestic violence court, juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency court and termination of parental rights court.
“Case by case, I am strict but fair. I make decisions based on what is morally right and guided by the Constitution. As a District Court Judge for Surry and Stokes Counties I have a record for being strict, strong, fighting the drug epidemic and protecting our communities children. I work tirelessly in my pursuit to protect our children and communities. I invite all citizens of our communities to visit the courts over which I preside. I would like the general public to see firsthand my dedication to serve Surry and Stokes Counties,” said Kirkman.
“Judge Gretchen Hollar Kirkman embodies the values and work ethic that makes us believe in and trust the judicial system in particular and the American way in general,” said Reverend Jon Cawley, Interim Pastor at Mount Airy Friends Meeting and City of Mount Airy commissioner.
“Judge Gretchen Hollar Kirkman has shown integrity to her friends, family and clients for many years. She is now using this integrity and dedication to represent the people of Surry County and Stokes County. Judge Kirkman’s passion for the rule of law and the sincerity and fairness she brings to the bench means so much to my family and the people of our district. I whole heartedly support her in this campaign,” said Reverend Rusty Reed, Pastor at Flat Rock Baptist Church.
“I have known Judge Gretchen Hollar Kirkman for several years now. She is knowledgeable as to the law and dedicated to her work, as well as being very professional. She is a very caring person and seeks for the law to be applied equally to all. I believe these qualities are the qualities that a judge needs. By electing and keeping Judge Gretchen Hollar Kirkman in her judgeship benefits our communities,” said Osley Joyce, a 90-year-old retired tobacco farmer in Stokes County.
Judge Gretchen Hollar Kirkman and her husband, Treva Kirkman, are registered Republicans and live in Mount Airy, with their two children, Lily and Rose Kirkman. Treva Kirkman is a NC General Contractor and Broker-in-charge at Beamer Kirkman Realty, LLC.