I'm Beth Tanner

Born in Eastern North Carolina, my parents owned their own pharmacy and taught me the importance of hard work and service to my community. As a childhood cancer survivor, I learned perserverance through difficulty. As a mother to a child with special needs, I understand compassion and the importance of fairness.

For over a decade, I have stood beside my clients to provide them the advice and representation they needed to navigate difficult circumstances. I have defended clients' rights and reputations in court, and I have helped them figure out the best plans for their families.

As a public servant, I represented fellow state employees and worked alongside state leaders. Today, at the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, I strive to ensure justice has been delivered fairly.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Brentley, for 15 years. I'm a mother to two amazing daughters and three loving rescue pets. Besides work, you can find me most weeks at my clogging class at Graceful Expressions in downtown Cary or on one of our county's many greenways, out for a run.

beth's professional background

Beth's Judicial Philosophy

Experienced. Dedicated. Fair.



Judges should be EXPERIENCED in the law.



Judges should be DEDICATED to public service.



Judges should be FAIR in their application of the law.


I value the law and believe it is necessary to apply the law as written, using the precedents set forth by statutes and case law.  District Court is the place where most people interact with the justice system. Between July 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019, Wake County District Court disposed of over 125,000 criminal matters, including infractions, and almost 15,000 civil matters, including family law cases. The people who come before a District Court judge are seeking answers to legal problems that are paramount in their lives.  Those legal issues span from criminal to family to civil, all areas in which I have experience.  As a public servant for many years, I understand the dedication necessary to ensure that cases are managed efficiently so that people get answers they need to move forward in their lives.  Most importantly, I understand first hand how vital it is that justice is delivered fairly to everyone.

I am experienced in the law, I am dedicated to public service, and I will apply the law fairly to the people who come before me.  I would be honored to continue my public service as a District Court Judge in Wake County, and I humbly ask for your support.

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Professional Background

I started my career in private practice at Cranfill Sumner and Hartzog, LLP where I represented healthcare providers, businesses, and family law clients.  I felt called to public service and began representing the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2014, first as an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice and then as an Assistant General Counsel within the Department.  I now work as the Associate Director for the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a state agency charged with the neutral investigation of post-conviction claims of innocence. There, it is my job every day to assess claims to the Commission in light of the Commission’s governing statute and to investigate those claims without bias towards either the defendant or the State.  My career has afforded me the experience in the legal issues that come before District Court judges and my current position has given me the unique opportunity to analyze the law and the facts of a case from a neutral position.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP, Associate Attorney

Representation of healthcare providers and businesses in civil litigation

Family Law

North Carolina Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General

Representation of the Department of Public Safety in federal district court, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and in state courts

North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Assistant General Counsel

Advised the Department in the areas of prisons, healthcare administration, probation, government contracts, employment, education, the Governor’s Crime Commission, and juvenile matters

North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, Associate Director

Neutral investigation of post-conviction claims of innocence to ensure the innocent as well as the guilty receive justice

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Beth Tanner is seeking to be District Court Judge in Judicial District 10F, located in Wake County, North Carolina.  Use the embedded map to see if you live in Judicial District 10F (Highlighted in yellow). Otherwise, visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections website to check your voter registration.

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Recent Endorsements

"I have known Beth Tanner for 3 years and I worked closely with her on a variety of healthcare policy and practice matters. She is quick as a whip when it comes to her ability to pinpoint pivotal issues underlying a given challenge or argument, but takes the time to actively listen to others before drawing firm conclusions.  I have benefitted from her wealth of knowledge, sound reasoning ability, and ready willingness to approach issues with fairness and sensitivity.  She is a natural and trustworthy leader who energizes others by her sense of humor and passion for her work, all the while maintaining focus on the “big picture.”  I am absolutely thrilled that she has entered the race for this judgeship position!  I’m also certain anyone who truly knows her shares my elation."


Dr. Karen Steinour
Former Colleague & Fellow Public Servant.

"I have known Beth for seven years beginning when I partnered with her to address her daughter's needs as an early intervention specialist. Beth engages and communicates effectively to collaborate with a team taking charge when needed.  Beth is a problem solver and researcher.  She listens to other perspectives, asks clarifying questions and organizes a plan to address areas of weakness.  She seeks the latest research and compassionate parenting resources to learn and grow in her relationships with her daughters. Beth values strong family relationships and works to advocate to expand those relationships into the community.  Beth is dedicated and passionate making her the best candidate for judge."


Karen Beavers, M. Ed and RDI
Therapist, Apex, NC

 Beth Tanner Receives North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys' Endorsement for Wake County District Court Judge, District 10F


Beth Tanner states: "As a wife, a mother to two girls, and as the Associate Director of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, I am acutely aware of the issues that impact women both in the legal system and otherwise. Some of my best mentors have been women attorneys, judges, and women in other professions who have supported me, raised me up, and taught me how to be a leader. Having the endorsement of the North Carolina Associate of Women Attorneys is incredibly valuable to me because NCAWA values support, encouragement, and mentorship of women attorneys so that women can be leaders throughout our state."


"Thank you to the Muslim American Public Affairs Counsel for your endorsement. I am ready to be fair, impartial, and dedicated as your next District Court Judge."

Muslim American Public Affairs Counsel

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