Roanoke Rapids attorney Thomas Dixon has announced his candidacy for district court judge for District 6, which includes Halifax, Northampton, Bertie and Hertford counties, in the upcoming March 5 primary.
While filing documents provided by the Halifax County Board of Election show the district as 7, Dixon explained that the state board informed him it still considers it district 6. The district will become District 7 following the March election.
Dixon is running for seat 3 currently held by Vershenia Ballance Johnson, who has announced her retirement.
In a statement Dixon said, “I am pleased to announce that I will be running for district court judge for District 6 in the upcoming election. My decision to seek a seat on the bench is based on my belief that I have the experience and qualifications to best serve the people as their judge. I feel I am the most qualified candidate based on my experience, having served my community for over a decade with honor and integrity.
“During that time, I have represented clients in a wide variety of legal matters including criminal defense, civil cases, real estate, and family law. I also have extensive experience in the courtroom, having represented countless indigent and under-privileged individuals in my community through numerous judge and jury trials.”
Dixon, a native of Roanoke Rapids, graduated from East Carolina University in 2008 with a degree in political science, and obtained his law degree from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 2011.
He currently lives in Roanoke Rapids with his wife, attorney Melissa Dixon, and his three young sons.
He said serving his community is a passion both in and out of the courtroom.
He has worked with programs such as teen court, and has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services to less privileged clients over his decade-long career in the Roanoke Valley. Dixon also serves as a coach and mentor to young athletes through organizations such as the Roanoke Rapids Optimist Club, coaching T-ball and flag football.
He is an active member of the Victory Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, and teaches Bible study classes to elementary students on weeknights.
“After praying about the decision and consulting with other trusted professionals and members of my community, I have decided to run for the position of district court judge for District 6. It has been a blessing and a privilege to serve the Roanoke Valley over the past 10 years and I have done so with honor, integrity, and an unblemished record. It will be my privilege to serve District 6 as a district court judge with the same honor and integrity.”