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Moving forward / November 07, 2013
With the balloting over, the two contestants in Halifax County’s headline election — for Commonwealth’s Attorney — can take stock of the outcome, grab some rest and prepare for the future.

Both said yesterday they are preparing for a smooth transition ahead.

Tracy Quackenbush Martin, the big winner Tuesday night with 65 percent of the countywide vote, said she plans to “hit the ground running.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support I received in the election and I will work very hard to maintain that support,” she said Wednesday from her office, where she was reached by telephone. “I plan to hit the ground running and with the assistance of the people in the office, with my guidance, we should be able to keep the planned schedule.”

The latter is a reference to the schedule of jury trials that her opponent, Michael Freshour, set as Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Denied victory, Freshour said he was nevertheless humbled by and thankful for the support he received from friends, campaign volunteers and the voters themselves.

“I was pleased with the overwhelming support that I received,” he said.

He said he contacted Quackenbush to congratulate her on her victory and pave the way to an easy transition.

“Until she is ready to take over the office, I will be there each day, with the status quo being the norm for now — with the five attorneys in the office and the four secretaries and the victim witness coordinator doing their jobs,” he said.

As for the future, Freshour added, he plans to join his wife, attorney Melissa Fraser, who has established a local law practice in downtown South Boston. Their office is located in the Main Street building that formerly housed the Tuck Dillard law firm.

The scope of Quackenbush Martin’s victory Tuesday night was wide-ranging and deep.

She carried every one of the county’s 22 precincts to garner 6,410 votes to 3,413 for Freshour. Quackenbush emerged as the early winner as vote totals rolled in Tuesday night. Her largest vote totals came out of the Courthouse and Sinai precincts, which each delivered 498 votes for her campaign. She also tallied 441 votes in the Dan River precinct.

Freshour garnered his largest vote totals in the Dan River and Center precincts, where he received 371 and 302 votes, respectively.

After a campaign that saw both candidates work diligently to communicate with voters and turn up at community events, Quackenbush, looking back, said she tried very hard to keep the focus on the issues. “I wanted to let people know who I am, what I wanted to do and the problems I saw that I felt I could help with. I asked all my supporters to focus on issues that could make a positive difference,” she said.

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