Paul Wright was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina to Roy and Marie Wright. Paul was raised in Haywood County, North Carolina. He attended Waynesville and Canton public schools. While growing up, he helped on his uncle’s farm and was a construction subcontractor in the Asheville area.
As a graduate from Clyde A. Erwin High School in Asheville, North Carolina, Paul was a well-rounded student and avid athlete. He achieved All County in football as well as participating in many other extra-curricular activities such as, being elected the president of his student body. Paul received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, and then he went on to obtain a Juris Doctorate from Duke Law School. While in college, he continued his athletic interests by playing on the varsity football and track teams.
Paul Wright was appointed Assistant District Attorney in the Eighth District of Eastern North Carolina. During this time, he was a part time college law instructor for Fayetteville State University. While working as a prosecuting attorney, the Governor honored Paul by appointing him to the position of District Court Judge for Wayne, Lenoir, and Greene counties. As a District Court Judge, the Chief Justice assigned Paul to hold special court sessions in other districts. These sessions dealt with controversial cases including the case involving the demonstrations over the PCB oil spill cleanup. After serving six years as a District Court Judge, Paul was publicly elected to the office of Superior Court. As Superior Court Judge, he held hundreds of jury trials across North Carolina including trials involving the death penalty. As both a District and Superior Court Judge, Paul held court in over 65 counties. As a judge, he emphasized that convicted criminals should be required to pay restitution to the victims of their crimes. Paul retired after twenty-two years of service to the North Carolina Court System. Paul currently practices law as a trial attorney focusing on personal injury, wrongful death, and criminal defense. He has defended the rights of thousands of individuals in our courts as a trial attorney.
Throughout the course of his career, Paul ran and won three contested political elections. In a statewide contested campaign, Paul ran for North Carolina Court of Appeals. Although losing this race in a runoff, he initially carried the first ballot with sixty-nine out of hundred counties. Paul carries a lifelong interest in conservative politics that promotes the wellbeing of North Carolinians.
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As a boy, Paul participated in the Boy Scouts of America and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Always interested in giving back to the community, Paul joined the Goldsboro Jaycees and the Rotary Club. He is currently a member of the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce. He attends Unity Baptist Church in Mount Olive with his family.
Paul was married to the late Lisa Stanley of Columbus County, North Carolina. He is the proud father of six children. Through his children, Paul supported all forms of education. His children were home schooled, as well as attending public and private schools for their secondary education. After his children graduated, they pursued higher education attending colleges including North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Mount Olive College, and the Community Colleges of Wayne and Lenoir. In addition to his children, Paul is blessed to have his ninety-seven year old father living nearby. Paul’s hobbies include reading, hunting, fishing, growing a large garden, and spending time with his family.