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Quackenbush Martin to run for Commonwealth’s Attorney

South Boston News
David and Tracy Quackenbush Martin / April 27, 2013
Halifax attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin announced Saturday that she will be a candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney in the November general election.

“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.

Quackenbush Martin has been an attorney representing citizens of Halifax County for 15 years. In a media release announcing 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. 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,” she said in her statement.

“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.

“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.

“Halifax County needs a leader who is an experienced trial attorney and a sincere community servant. I am that leader.”

Quackenbush Martin is the second candidate to enter the Nov. 5 election. Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Freshour, appointed to replace Kim Slayton White after she won a judgeship, is also running for the office.

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Being married to a police officer definitely gives Tracy an inside advantage. She knows how hard police work to arrest the "bad guys" and then not have attorneys in the CA office to take the time and effort to work on the case. When this happens, the "bad guys" either get off with only a suspended sentence instead of jail time. Even worse, many get jail time instead of DOA time! I am sure the criminals and the "good ol' boys" (the ones whose family members get away with everything because of their last name) will not be happy to see Tracy running for the job of CA. Hopefully the citizens will make a choice to help Halifax County regain some credibility.

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