Judicial Candidates

Judicial Candidates

Judge Will Callihan District Judge

Will M. Callihan, Jr., District Court Judge 

I currently have the privilege of serving the citizens of Columbus, Bladen, and Brunswick counties as one of our six District Court Judges.  Prior to taking the bench in April of 2021, I was an attorney with the McGougan Law firm in Whiteville for sixteen years.  My practice areas included criminal defense, workers’ compensation, personal injury, wrongful death, and family law.  In addition, I represented the Whiteville City Schools Board of Education, Town of Sandyfield Board in Columbus County, and Town of Sandy Creek Board in Brunswick County.  I believe that having experience in various areas of the law is an invaluable asset for a judicial candidate.  I hope those that know me personally will attest to my work ethic.  I am a firm believer that hard work is the quintessential element to success, especially for our judicial candidates.  Hard work moves cases.  Period!  Delay, creates frustration and causes our citizens to question the judicial system and process that we depend on to resolve conflict. I vow to continue to work hard, be fair and unbiased, strive to stay abreast on the law, and most importantly remain professional to ALL.  

On a more personal note, I am married to my wonderful wife, Kristen Kelley Callihan, and we have an almost four-year old little girl, Sophie.  Kristen is an attorney and has worked for the last eleven years handling family law and criminal defense in Wilmington, North Carolina at the law firm of Boyles and Callihan.  Her primary focus now is real estate.  She and I plan to raise Sophie here in Columbus County, close to family and friends.  I genuinely appreciate everyone’s support.  Please head to the polls in November and support your conservative candidates.   WMCjr.


Bryan Wilson candidate for District Judge

Hello Friends and Neighbors!

My name is Bryan Wilson and I am running for District Court Judge in 2022 here in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties. I thank you for the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and why I would like to serve you in this capacity. My message to you today, “Trust Experience.”

I have spent nearly 30 years serving our country, our state and our local communities. Through that experience I have come to believe that judges should not only have an extensive body of legal experience but should also have an abundance of life experience as well. Life experience affords judges the ability to connect, better understand and identify with the people they are serving. The ability to understand those circumstances and struggles provides judges with the insight to help craft solutions that best benefit those they serve. To that end, I ask that you consider the following.

I grew up in the Wilmington/Carolina Beach area and have been a resident of Brunswick County for nearly 13 years. I graduated from John T.  Hoggard High School in Wilmington in 1988. After graduating, I decided to serve our country and joined the U.S. Navy. While in service, my ship was called upon to participate in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  We remained on station for nearly all of the operation and saw it through to the end. After my honorable discharge from service, I began working construction and putting myself through college. It was during this time I married my beautiful wife, Donna. (We now share two wonderful children, Branden and Celeste and six amazing granddaughters). Hoping to provide a better life for my family, I decided to continue my military career in addition to pursuing my college studies. I joined the North Carolina National Guard and served as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the JAG unit based in Clinton, North Carolina. I ended my military career after nearly 10 years of service upon entering law school at North Carolina Central University School of Law. I graduated, passed the Bar Exam and began practicing as a trial attorney in 2005.

I have spent 17 years serving our communities as a trial lawyer. During that time I have been able to help people in many different types of cases and areas of law. I have experience in Civil and Criminal law, Estates, Landlord/Tenant law, Corporate law, Family law, Domestic Violence cases, and juvenile law.  During my years of practicing, I also spent six years as a Law Professor at Cape Fear Community College teaching in the Paralegal Technology Degree program. Finally, I have spent over a year and a half as your District Guardian Ad Litem Attorney Advocate. In this role, I represent nearly every child in DSS custody across our three counties. It has truly been an honor being their voice in the courtroom and serving to protect their best interest throughout the most difficult times in their young lives as their families navigate our court proceedings.

I thank you again for taking the time to get to know a little about me and where I come from. It is my sincerest hope that you will put your trust in my experience and afford me the opportunity to continue to serve our communities in 2022 as your next District Court Judge.

Sarah McPherson is on the ballot unopposed for District Court Judge, Sarah will make a great conservative judge for Columbus County as she is from Columbus County.

“With a servant’s heart and a passion for justice, I am committed to making difficult decisions with fairness and integrity.”

Sarah B. McPherson for District Court Judge – seeking your support to keep conservative leadership on the bench in Brunswick, Columbus, and Bladen Counties.

As a lifelong resident of southeastern North Carolina and a proven advocate for justice, Sarah’s commitment to our community is steadfast.

Being born into a large Columbus County family and raised in Whiteville, NC, Sarah’s immediate family relocated to Brunswick County in the Summer of 2000. After college at UNCG, Sarah returned home to Southport with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. In January of 2010, Sarah began volunteering in the office of the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge working with recently form drug treatment court. The courthouse quickly became a comfortable place for Sarah.

After earning a law degree from NCCU School of Law, Sarah practiced law in every court at the district court level, including, juvenile delinquent, juvenile DSS, civil non-jury, domestic (family court), child support, and criminal defense.

After a short time in private practice, the Office of District Attorney Jon David offered Sarah an opportunity to serve our communities by seeking justice and advocating for victims in Brunswick, Columbus, and Bladen counties. These valuable experiences have prepared Sarah to be a District Court Judge, dedicated to the rule of law.  The pursuit of justice has been at the core of her life and legal career.