Name: Rex Gore
Age: 62 Address: 4621 Bluff Drive Shallotte NC 28470
Political affiliation: Democrat
Occupation: District Attorney
Family: Married to my childhood sweetheart, Janice; one daughter, Felicia; triplet 10-year-old granddaughters.
Military experience: None
Civic and political experience: Member of Calvary Baptist for 30+ years, deacon, SS superintendent, choir, Chair of board; former Lions Club Secretary, former PTA and Booster Club President, Co-Chair of successful $70 million+ bond campaign for schools,. Faithfully and steadfastly has served Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties as District Attorney for five terms since 1991.
Email/website: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rexgore.org
What is the top issue in your race and how would you address it? The top issue is maintaining the overall effective prosecution we have established over 20 years of service. As the number and nature of crimes change, I have adapted to meet those needs. Prescription drugs abuse is growing; I have an assistant who is cross-sworn to prosecute in federal court. Crimes against seniors are a problem; I have an assistant who was just recognized by the Cape Fear Area Council of Government for her work with seniors. People are being injured and killed by drunk drivers at an alarming rate so I implemented a specialty court to deal with that and NC MADD honored the ADA handling it recently as a “Prosecution Hero”. We must continue to be aggressive, responsive, innovative, and effective.
What do you consider your best accomplishment in this office? Establishing and maintaining an office where we strive to see that justice is done every day. In order to do that we have set prosecution priorities (Crimes of Violence, habitual offenders, DWIs) and established programs to help reduce crime (Teen Court, Peer Court, Gang initiative). I’ve also shown that political forces do not drive me; I will make the tough decisions regardless of who is involved. Why? Citizens need to have confidence that their District Attorney is working to apply the law even-handedly.
How do you gauge the will of the people? The voters tell us the kind of job we are doing every four years. However, the job of prosecutor is more than a popularity contest; it must be about finding and doing justice. We must do the right thing under the facts and the law, even it is unpopular. A person who tries to see which way the wind is blowing before every decision should run for District Attorney. Having said that, I do listen to the concerns of citizens in order to make recommendations for changes in the law and develop appropriate programs.