Meet Courtney

Courtney was born and raised in West Virginia, with two parents who instilled a strong work ethic in their children.  She moved to North Carolina at the age of 17, to attend Salem College, a liberal arts college for women. At Salem, she learned that women can be strong, speak their minds and make a difference in their communities. 

Courtney decided to make North Carolina her home and attended the North Carolina Central University School of Law and graduated in 2005.  In law school, she quickly realized her love for criminal law and service to the public after a summer internship at the Mecklenburg County Public Defender's office.  After graduation, she pursued her passion and started her career at the Buncombe County Office of the Public Defender, where she is employed today, nearly 17 years later. She has represented thousands of people and has witnessed first-hand the harm caused by our broken criminal justice system to our communities, especially communities of color.  

Courtney, her husband Tate and their 10-year-old daughter are proud to call Asheville home. 

Courtney is running as a Democratic candidate for District Attorney of Buncombe County to work alongside the people of this county to transform the criminal justice system in Buncombe County. Join Courtney and help us make history by electing the first female District Attorney in the history of Buncombe County.  Courtney has worked her entire career defending the underserved and disenfranchised and will use that experience to usher in a new era of leadership to build trust in our communities and change how justice is sought and administered in Buncombe County.