District 27 District Attorney Jerry Moore formally announced this week that he is a candidate for re-election.
District 27 includes Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties. Moore, who was a longtime assistant district attorney before being elected to his post in 2006, is a Democrat.
Moore has lived his entire life in northeastern Oklahoma and has, for the past 19 years, been a resident of Tahlequah. He is the son of career school teachers. He and his wife, Tina, who is a legal assistant with Tim K. Baker and Associates, have five children who live in the home. They have one daughter who is an instructor at Seminole Community College and a personal trainer. Moore’s hobbies include coaching, basketball and fishing.
Moore is a 1979 graduate of Bartlesville Sooner High School. He attended what is now Oklahoma Wesleyan University, at Bartlesville, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in history and political science, with a minor in physical education. Moore obtained his juris doctorate at the University of Oklahoma.
He was awarded the Cleveland County Legal Aid Scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, where he also earned an American Juris Prudence Award in trial techniques, and was presented with the Bureau of National Affairs award as the most improved law student at the University of Oklahoma.
Upon graduating from OU, Moore was in private practice with the firm of Baker and Baker for four years. While in private practice, Moore served the Cherokee County Bar Association as vice president and president.
In January 1995, he accepted an appointment as assistant district attorney for Dianne Barker-Harrold, who had just been elected as district attorney.
Moore was an assistant district attorney for 10-1/2 years. While at that post, Moore served as a prosecutor and as chief of the district’s civil division, successfully trying jury cases in all four counties.
He also worked in the district attorney’s office as legal counsel for and supervising attorney with the District 27 Bogus Check Restitution Program. He received a number of appointments from the attorney general’s office to defend county officials outside of his district because of his experience in that area.
Moore is licensed to practice in all three federal district courts in Oklahoma, and to practice in the Cherokee and Muscogee Nation tribal courts, and is one of the few attorneys in the area who has presented oral arguments before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver.
Moore is serving in his 16th year at Northeastern State University as an adjunct professor, teaching a variety of law-related subjects. Moore has been recognized for his services as an instructor for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. He has also served as an instructor in Continuing Legal Education for the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association.
He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Legal Educators, and has been recognized for his work in providing instruction on police report writing for local law enforcement.
Moore has served as the CCBA’s delegate to the Oklahoma Bar Association’s House of Delegates for 14 years; sits on the Boys & Girls Club Board; served a number of years as a member of the Johnson-O’Malley Parental Board that services the education needs of Native American students; and is a member of Tahlequah’s First United Methodist Church, where he is a member of Methodist Men, teaches a Sunday School class and has served on the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
He is also a member of the Tahlequah Kiwanis Club, and has served as co-chairman of the Talking Leaves Job Corps Community Relations Committee, and has received commendations from Talking Leaves and Help-In-Crisis for his work in the community.
Moore believes his experience within the office is important.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way things have gone in our office the last three-plus years,” he said. “Our goals, and my promises, were to lead this administration with experience, to increase cooperation between the DA’s office and other entities that have traditionally worked well with our state agency and meaningful drug prosecution.”
He said he’s most pleased with the team of people that he assembled here in the four counties.
“I have four prosecutors that total over 100 years’ experience,” Moore said. “That is unheard of in an office of this nature. We have people who know what to do, want to do an outstanding job, but more than that have their hearts in the right place and want to do the right thing for the right reason.”
He said he’s also very proud of the relationships forged with federal, state and local government entities.
The success achieved in the area of drug prosecution, as well as other areas is, in part, because of the unsurpassed number of cooperative agreements, interlocal agreements and memorandums of agreement the office has been able to secure, Moore said.
“I’m thankful to those entities that all have greatly contributed to our success and who have also allowed District 27, working in conjunction with us, to bring hundreds of thousands of law enforcement grant dollars into these four counties,” he said.
Moore said he intends to run a positive campaign as he and his supporters did in 2006.
“My record, in everything I’ve done, shows that I am willing to work hard and achieve justice in each matter I deal with, along with insisting upon that from the people I work with,” Moore said.
The primary election is in July 2010.