St. Louis prosecutor seeking full term in 2024

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Gabe Gore, who was appointed as St. Louis' top prosecutor by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in May after Kim Gardner's sudden resignation, announced Wednesday he is running for a full term in 2024.

Gore, a Democrat, was a St. Louis attorney and a partner in the Dowd Bennett law firm until his recent appointment. He has not previously run for public office.

He took over as the city's top prosecutor at a time when Gardner faced heavy criticism. Her turbulent tenure included prosecution of then-Gov. Eric Greitens in 2018, frequent run-ins with police, and criticism from Missouri Republican leaders over a backlog of cases and concerns about inefficient management.

Gore said at a news conference Tuesday that his office has prosecuted 45 percent more cases than in the same six-month period of 2022. He said he also has made a dent in a backlog of pending criminal cases by resolving about 2,500 of them -- mostly violent crimes in a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the nation.