Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Joe Teague, Jr.

Date of Birth: 10/30/1946

Mailing address: P.O. Box 10014, Raleigh, NC 27605

Campaign Web Site:

Occupation & Employer: Professional Engineer

Home Phone: 919-847-8372


1.What do you think are the most important issues facing Wake County Superior Court?

Credibility, integrity, professional, for the people, the Clerk is the People’s advocate before it’s time for the robe, the sense that people care how long it takes to get a matter resolved and how much it costs, that not every matter coming to court is best resolved as a matter of law, we’ve lost the difference between common law and case law, that you don’t have to give up your constitutional rights to jury trial, motions court is not mandatory first step, administrative law does not take your right to jury trial unless you accept the premise out loud, the ability to help and the knowledge to apply to the myriad of problems people come to court looking for help sort of functioning like magistrate in federal court, how to simplify the experience, make the computer interface more responsive, to remember someone is the keeper of the peace, the ability to do more on-line securely, put all cases on line, make the trial court administration process more intuitive so more pro se conversation can happen.

2. What in your capacity as an administrator or other experience qualifies you to serve as Clerk of Superior Court?

CM, Certified Professional Manager and a lifetime of experience

3. Do you think more hiring is needed in the Wake County court system? What else could be improved?

Better hiring. What else could be improved? See 1.

4. How would you define yourself politically? Do you think a person’s political philosophy is relevant to their role as Clerk of Superior Court? If so, how?

I’m told not to say Conservative. I’m registered Republican since I could vote. I’m from NC and I think and I care. Do you think a person’s political philosophy is relevant to their role as Clerk of Superior Court? I think people should have the right to decide that for themselves. If so, how? The voter makes that choice. I hope they make a good choice. In life there is only liberal, Republican and some of both can’t determine. I’m told to say I’m a Frederick Douglas Republican.

5. As voters approach this race in a primary, what sets you apart from the other candidates in this race?

I’m real people, born and raised in NC by a family from NC all the way back before the Battle of Alamance, highly trained, very approachable, experienced and I care. My faith and family are with me always.

6. What, if anything, do you think voters should know about the position of Clerk of Superior Court?

It matters to them 24/7 who is Clerk. Try getting a speeding citation, having a problem in school, lose your job and benefits, get accused of something you didn’t do, run into a regulation you think is unreasonable, have a life changing event, a medical problem that ended badly, run out of money. Where does one go to make something right by someone who is technically competent to be walking in their shoes. Where does one go to have someone listen to your problem that you honestly think heard you and was not just looking at you as a number in an equal justice paradigm defined by raw numbers. Where do you go when your child’s education is not being addressed, when the law isn’t working. What should voters know about me. I not from the government and I’m here to help you.