Gore Replaces Sasser on Superior Bench

Superior Court Judge Ashley Gore (submitted)
Superior Court Judge Ashley Gore (submitted)

Ashley Gore was appointed today to fill out the term of retiring Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser.

Gore’s appointment was announced today by Gov. Roy Cooper.

“Judge Gore brings over a decade of legal knowledge and experience to the Superior Court bench,” said Cooper in. a press release. “I’m confident that she will continue her strong service in this new role.”

Douglas Sasser revives plaque
Retiring Judge Douglas Sasser accepts a plaque from Clerk of Superior Court Jess Hill. Newly-appointed Superior Court Judge Ashley Gore is to the right.

Gore is currently a District Court Judge in Judicial District 13, on the bench on Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties. Her new role shifts her responsibilities to Judicial District 13A, serving Bladen and Columbus counties.

She has served as Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Prosecutorial District and was an Associate Attorney at Gore Law Firm, under her uncle,  retired Resident Superior Court Judge William “Bill” Gore.

Gore earned her Bachelor of Arts from UNC Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctorate from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Gore is a military veteran and an avid runner, participating in the Kevin Conner Memorial Run every year.

Sasser announced his retirement earlier this year after more than 20 years on the bench. He was honored Thursday at a dinner at Bummin Hole Lodge near Whiteville.

Doug and Judges

Most area superior court and many district court judges, both retired and active, attended Thursday’s retirement dinner for Douglas Sasser (third from left). Judge Ashley Gore, in the green dress, has been appointed to complete his term on the bench.

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