My name is Corey MacKinnon. I am running for District Court Judge for Judicial District 29a, which is Rutherford and McDowell Counties. The election will be in March 2020 for the primary and I encourage everyone to vote!
My Professional Background:
I am a North Carolina native and raised in McDowell County. My parents still live here and are active throughout the community. I graduated McDowell High in 1999, attended Western Piedmont and began my law enforcement career in 2002. I first served the UNC Charlotte PD briefly and then with the Mooresville Police Department in Iredell County. As a police officer I was tasked as a patrol officer, field training officer, SWAT team member and later as a detective. I earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University while working. As a detective I found I enjoyed the courtroom aspect of my job the most, and made the decision to attend law school. I was fortunate that the police department allowed me to work weekends on patrol while attending school.
During law school I made the decision to continue my public service as a JAG Officer in the US Army. I was on active duty for four years, primarily stationed at Ft Benning, GA. I continue to serve in the Army Reserve, currently assigned to the 812th Transportation Battalion as a Trial Counsel.
After active duty, I opened my own law office in downtown Marion, serving as many citizens as possible in McDowell and Rutherford Counties. After two years, an opportunity presented itself for me to join a District Attorney's office in a neighboring county, which is where I am currently employed.
As you can see from my professional experience, I enjoy public service the most. Serving as a District Court Judge is a position of public service that should be filled by those that are there to serve the community, the defendant, the state and the justice system. While other candidates may have more experience as an attorney, I have a vast background in life experience; the most essential trait for a successful District Court Judge.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, and have been for 14 years. She is a nurse practitioner in a local family practice. We have two energetic boys, ages 5 and 8. We both enjoy being a part of this community and playing small roles in making this area better for our children's future.