Republican Candidate for Davie Clerk of Court: Andrew Brock
Published 8:35 am Thursday, May 5, 2022
Andrew C. Brock
Holly Lane, Mocksville
Wife, Andrea Gentry Brock; Children: Scarlett, 12, Stella, 8 , and Turner, 6; Son of Margaret Jo and the late Rufus Brock
Western Carolina University, 1997, bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science; Student Body President, Davie County High School, 1992
In The Community
• Member, Farmington United Methodist Church, served as finance committee chair, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent
• Former chair, Davie County Friends of NRA, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association
• Member, Farmington Masonic Lodge 265
• Davie Little League Board of Directors; Coach, Davie County Little League
Why did you decide to seek public office?
Brock: Public service is in my blood. My families’ involvement in the community is a part of Davie county history. We answer the call for service to the people here. Whether it is from local charities and civic organizations to the pulpit and public office we are taught at an early age to give back to our neighbors. We were taught to lead and to make the best decisions based on knowledge and experience. Sometimes, people may not like the decision, however I was taught to think long term and not be persuaded by a fad. Service to Davie County is a noble task and one I do not take lightly. Nothing gives me a better feeling than to help my neighbors.
What professional or life experiences qualifies you to be Clerk of Court?
Brock: I gratefully serve 8 terms in the NC State Senate. In that time I am on record for around 15,000 votes. My record is before the people of who I am and my beliefs, I based my votes on the Holy Bible, the US Constitution, and the State Constitution. I did not walk out of the chambers to skip taking a tough vote. In fact I had the best attendance record while in office. I take my job very seriously and put in the hours needed to get the job done. My Senate office prided itself on great constituent service. Many times I would get calls from outside the district because it was known that we got results. We always put the constituents first and helped them as much as we could. In 2017, the North Carolina Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger appointed me to serve on the Board of Review for a four year term. The North Carolina Board of Review is an independent, quasi-judicial body charged with deciding Higher Authority Appeals regarding unemployment benefits; determining initial disputes between the Division of Employment Security and an Employer regarding unemployment tax liability; determining D-100 cases where the Division of Employment Security is a party; and determining unemployment benefits during Labor Disputes. served during one of the most tumultuous times in economic history. We are governed by the rules of judicial conduct and therefore must act accordingly. My tenure on the Board was during the worst unemployment fiasco in recent times. It meant long hard grueling hours but I persevered to get the job done. In fact, I had to have emergency gallbladder surgery and took one day off for the surgery before going back to work the very next day.
One of the qualities of my leadership is building and maintaining a great work environment. In my office we work hard and enjoy working with each other. I believe in the team concept and everyone works hard to put constituents first.
What are the duties of the Clerk of Court?
Brock: The Clerk’s office must maintain record-keeping functions of the superior court and district court, and keep those records secured according to rules established by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. The Clerk must collect funds due to the State or on behalf of parties involved in cases before the courts. As a Judge of Probate, the Clerk handles the probate of wills and the administration of estates of the deceased, minors, and people who are incompetent. The Clerk hears other special proceedings such as adoptions, determinations of guardianship for incompetent adults, partitions of land and handles the administration of trusts.
In criminal matters the Clerk can Issue arrest and search warrants. Conducts initial appearance hearings for criminal defendants The Clerk exercises the same powers as a magistrate when taking waivers of trial and pleas of guilty to minor littering, traffic, wildlife, boating, marine fisheries, alcoholic beverage, state park recreation, and worthless check offenses.
Brock: I am seeking the Clerk of Superior Court due to the overwhelming support of those in Davie County that want a proven statesman in the office. I bring years of leadership, efficiency, and constituent service with my past work in public office. My commitment to serving people was the main reason I was humbly elected eight terms to the NC Senate. Committed to conservative principles and forwarding sound economic and social issues were reasons why I was endorsed and supported by every Pro-Life, Pro 2nd Amendment, Pro Business, Pro Agriculture and Pro-property rights group in the state, groups such as NC Right to Life, The NRA, Grassroots NC, NC Chamber of Commerce, NFIB, Gun Owners of America, American Conservative Union, Sportsmen and Animal Owners Voting alliance, NC Values Coalition and rated the most conservative senator by Civitas Action. My office was known for great constituent service and later served as the model of how an office should be operated.
In 2017, the North Carolina Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger appointed Brock to serve on the Board of Review for a four year term. The North Carolina Board of Review is an independent, quasi-judicial body charged with deciding Higher Authority Appeals regarding unemployment benefits; determining initial disputes between the Division of Employment Security and an Employer regarding unemployment tax liability; determining D-100 cases where the Division of Employment Security is a party; and determining unemployment benefits during Labor Disputes. I served during one of the most tumultuous times in economic history.
When I served in the Senate I was Chairman for the following committees: Finance Committee, Natural and Economic Resources Appropriations Committee, Agriculture/ Environment/ Natural Resources Committee, Joint Information Technology Oversight Committee. Senator Brock serves as Vice-Chairman of Redistricting. I also served as a member of the Joint Governmental Operations Committee, the Finance Committee, the Senate Rules Committee, Appropriations/Base Budget Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, the Emergency Response and Preparedness Committee, Joint Education Oversight Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee. It was my honor to serve as the Joint Caucus leader and as the Deputy Whip in my tenure.
On the first business day following his graduation from college, I was employed by the Conference on Poverty to work toward welfare reform for the State of North Carolina. Then I went on to work for Senator Lauch Faircloth in his re-election campaign for the United States Senate. Seeing his success, former Congressman Bill Cobey hired me to work as campaign manager on his campaign for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. I later worked for the Republican Party of North Carolina in various capacities. Following this time I was called upon to be the campaign manager for U.S. Congressman Walter Jones. I worked for the non-partisan Citizens for a Sound Economy, a public policy institute dedicated to providing citizens with an economically-sound government. He also served as campaign manager and political consultant for several state-wide and local political campaigns. I also worked in Lexington, NC for RCS Communications based in Winston-Salem.
I graduated from Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee, NC, majoring in Economics and Political Science. While at Western, I was active in the Student Government Association, serving first as a senator, then Student Body Vice President, and Student Body President. I was a member of the governing board of the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments, and was awarded the “Workhorse Award” for my admirable work ethic. I was also a member of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees and the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society. I served as Vice-Chairman, and subsequently Chairman of the WCU College Republicans, and Founder of the Public Policy Institute. While a student at WCU, I interned in the North Carolina General Assembly as an Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms in the Senate.
Of all these goals and accomplishments, I am most proud of my family. My wife and children are a true blessing and I cannot think of a better place in this world than to raise them here in Davie County.