RALEIGH — Chairman Michael Whatley recently announced the hiring of Jason Doré as the new executive director for the North Carolina Republican Party.
“We are excited to announce that we are bringing on Jason Doré as the new Executive Director for the North Carolina Republican Party,” said Whatley in the statement. “Jason brings the experience we need to help North Carolina Republicans win this November.”
Doré joins the NCGOP after serving as the head of the Office of Information at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy for the Trump Administration in Washington D.C. since 2017.
The 39-year-old Doré hails from Lafayette in southeastern Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University in 1999 and later earned a law degree there in 2007. Not long after earning his law degree that he decided to pursue his “lifelong passion” for politics and policy by helping with former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaigns and working for the Republican Party of Louisiana as the political and communications director.
For around 10 years, Doré put his law degree to use as an attorney before returning to the Republican Party of Louisiana. He spent over six years there as executive director.
“As North Carolina goes, so goes the rest of the country,” said Doré of the upcoming 2020 election. “It’s hard to overstate the importance of November for the future of public policy of North Carolina.”
The new NCGOP executive director says that the judicial races and other down ballot races are crucial and that they have staff that will be dedicated to those races.
“A state party can’t run without resources,” said Doré, adding that he will be assisting Whatley in setting up fundraising efforts. He also said he looks forward to working with all the different local and county leaders.
“I think it is important that the state party work hand in hand with the locals and not to expect them to do something every time you need something but not be there for them,” said Doré.
The Doré family, which includes his wife and two daughters ages five and one, settled into a home in Apex in Wake County near the end of December. He said one of the challenging things getting settled was that since he kept busy with work when his family got here, they had little time to develop a social network before the COVID-19 shutdown began.
“My wife and I are looking forward to getting to know people and actually get to know the state better — and get out of the house,’ said Doré.
In addition to Doré, the NCGOP has also hired Tim Wigginton as press secretary and Nzinga Johnson as a communications assistant. Wigginton previously worked for Republican opposition research group America Rising while Johnson recently worked for Blacks to Reelect the President.