Scott files for District Attorney
Published 5:32 pm Friday, March 11, 2022
MURFREESBORO – Kim Gourrier Scott has filed for District Attorney for the 7th Prosecutorial District (Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, and Northampton counties).
“I am running for District Attorney because I recognize that while our system has flaws, our system of justice is needed now more than ever,” Scott said. “Representing the State of North Carolina is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly, nor should the decision in selecting who should be your next District Attorney. The role of the prosecutor comes with the ability to change an individual’s life and a community’s fabric with the stroke of a pen.”
Scott has worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the local District Attorney’s Office for almost 14 years.
“I have had the privilege of working for the Honorable Valerie Asbell during that time,” Scott said.
Prior to being an Assistant District Attorney, she worked as a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, representing victims of domestic violence.
“I’ve spent most of my almost 17-year legal career as a public servant dedicated to working in, with, and for the community I serve,” she noted.
“I am dedicated to prosecuting with a spirit of integrity and transparency and pledge to continue to do so if elected,” Scott added. “The role of the prosecutor is to fight for what is right, regardless of who those rights belong to, the victim or the defendant. That is exactly what I have spent almost 14 years of my career doing. I fight for the rights of victims and defendants, even when no one is watching. I do so because I take a great amount of pride in making sure that I prosecute cases in an ethical manner.
Scott shared what she will bring to the table if elected as the next District Attorney.
“I will be honest and transparent in all prosecutions; implement and establish policies for prosecuting cases that protect our community from violent offenders; implement and work with established programs that assist many first time non-violent offenders to keep them out of the court system; establish a school partnership program that reaches out to our youth before they get to our court system; work with community stakeholders to identify mental health and drug addiction treatment programs for our most vulnerable populations; and work with court personnel to implement a cooperative approach for addressing the status of pending cases and how to efficiently move our court system forward,” she said.
Married to Damien Scott, the couple shares five children, three sons and two daughters.
“We currently reside in Hertford County where we are raising our three youngest children together,” Scott stated. “I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of this district and look forward to the opportunity to continue to do so.”
“Kim Scott is by far the most qualified, experienced, responsible, and best prepared candidate for District Attorney,” said Asbell, who will retire when her current four-year term ends Dec. 31. “Her compassion for victims, experience, and commitment to justice make her the best person for the position. She carefully considers the law, the facts, and the individual circumstances of each case. Kim has the compassion to listen well, the fierceness to take strong stands, and the depth of knowledge to do so well, and she considers how her decisions will affect the community as a whole. She will act with insight and humanity in her interactions and decisions. Kim has my full endorsement and I fully support her to serve as the next District Attorney for Bertie, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton counties.”
“I am asking for your vote as your next District Attorney, your prayers, and continuing support,” Scott concluded.