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Knight appointment creates yet another judicial vacancy

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday appointed District Court Judge Peter Knight to the Superior Court vacancy created by the retirement of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Mark Powell.

Knight brings nearly 10 years of experience as a District Court Judge in District 29B to his new appointment. He previously served as an attorney in private practice in Henderson County and surrounding areas for nearly three decades. Judge Knight has also volunteered his time to various nonprofit and faith-based community organizations, including the YMCA of Henderson County and Grace Lutheran Church. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Knight's move up to the Superior Court bench creates a second vacancy this year in Judicial District 29B covering Transylvania, Polk and Henderson counties. Last month Cooper appointed C.W. "Mack" McKeller to fill a vacancy created by the governor's appointment of Chief District Court Judge Athena Fox Brooks as a Special Superior Court judge. Cooper will now fill the Knight vacancy after considering nominations from the District 29B Bar Association.