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Prosecutors for Quackenbush Martin

SoVaNow.com / October 24, 2013


Dear Viewpoint:

We are all prosecutors who have worked in and subsequently moved on from the Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. We, more than most, have had the opportunity to see both candidates in their professional capacities. Without reservation, we support Tracy Quackenbush Martin for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Halifax County.

As the chief law enforcement officer of the county, the Commonwealth’s Attorney wields an enormous amount of power and discretion. There is too much at stake for citizens of Halifax County to place anyone in this position, but a person with uncompromising integrity, a person of the highest work ethic and professional standards, and a person with surpassing good judgment. Tracy Quackenbush Martin is that person.

Each of us was hired by and had the benefit of working under the leadership of Judge Kim White during her time as Commonwealth’s Attorney. We have seen what it takes to effectively lead an office. Each of us had also had the opportunity to see the qualities that Tracy Quackenbush Martin and Mike Freshour stand to bring to that position.

As two former regional drug prosecutors and as former assistants, we represent approximately forty years of experience as attorneys and twenty years of experience as attorneys in the Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. We have all worked in the same office as Mike and we have worked closely with Tracy through the many criminal matters she handles each year. Tracy has demonstrated time and again her dedication to her clients and her cases. Tracy has demonstrated daily an exemplary knowledge of criminal law and great skill as a criminal trial attorney. Most importantly, however, Tracy demonstrates every day that while she is a fierce adversary in the courtroom, she is a humble person with respect for those she works with, for the courts, and for the law. Tracy is fair minded and honest in all her dealings.

In contrast, we have found Mike Freshour to be lacking in sincerity, dedication, and integrity. We have found Mike Freshour does not always make decisions about cases based on what is best for the case, but is instead motivated by self interest. We have found that Mike Freshour shows one face to the world, but another in the office. He is not the right person for Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Halifax County needs a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is committed to justice and who will lead by example. Halifax County needs a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is dedicated to the job and who will represent the community without consideration to personal or political gain. Tracy Quackenbush Martin is that person. For fifteen years Tracy has shown herself to be a powerful advocate for her clients. Halifax County needs her as its advocate now. We encourage you to vote Tracy Quackenbush Martin on November 5th.

Sincerely,

Bryan Layton – Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Halifax County, 2003-2007

Leslie Schneider – Regional Drug Prosecutor, Halifax County, 2008-2010

William Hamilton – Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Halifax County, 2005-2011

Lisa Francisco – Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Halifax County, 2008-2011, Regional Drug Prosecutor, Halifax County, 2011-2012

Elizabeth Blair Toner – Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Halifax County, 2012-2013

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