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Halifax lawyer joins race for Commonwealth’s Attorney

South Boston News
Tracy Quackenbush Martin / April 29, 2013
Halifax attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin announced Saturday that she will run for Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Nov. 5 general election. She becomes the second declared candidate in the race, joining incumbent county prosecutor Michael Freshour, who announced his bid last week.

“My decision to run is a response to a call from throughout our community. This community needs someone who will stand up and fight for what is right for the citizens of Halifax County,” said Quackenbush Martin in a statement announcing her candidacy.

Quackenbush Martin has been an attorney in private practice in Halifax County for 15 years. In the announcement of her candidacy, she cited her community service at the local, regional and state levels. She has served as a volunteer and board member for Habitat for Humanity and for the Community Arts Center Foundation.

In her church, she is active as a youth leader, sings in the choir, and has been elected to serve on the church leadership boards locally and regionally.

As a bar exam grader for the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, she helps determine who will be admitted to practice law in Virginia.

“Halifax County deserves a Commonwealth’s Attorney who will fight for real consequences to crime, and who will always be fair, be reasonable and seek justice in each individual case,” she stated in her announcement. “Those might seem like simple words, but they mean hard work and late nights, talking to victims of crime and understanding the unique impact each crime has on the people involved.

“Our Commonwealth’s Attorney must have open communication with law enforcement, witnesses, court personnel and other attorneys. She must respect the rights of victims to be heard, while respecting the rights of the accused to a fair trial. She must always be prepared to fight, and she must always fight for the outcome that accomplishes justice,” said Quackenbush Martin in her statement.

“Justice means pursuing criminals and holding them responsible for their actions. It also means recognizing that each case requires careful thought and preparation. Our Commonwealth’s Attorney must be strong enough to make difficult choices and have the courage to make the right decisions for the right reasons in each case.”

Quackenbush Martin graduated from Tulane University with honors and received her law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington in 1997. She has lived in Halifax County since 1998 and is married to David Martin, a captain at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. She currently practices law at the Law Office of Tracy L. Quackenbush, PLC.

More information about Tracy Quackenbush Martin for Commonwealth’s Attorney will be available at

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