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Vote me out of a job

SoVaNow.com / October 31, 2013


Dear Viewpoint:

Dear voters of Halifax County, I write to ask for your vote for Tracy Quackenbush Martin for commonwealth’s attorney. It is an unlikely request, because I am currently Ms. Quackenbush Martin’s real estate legal assistant. If she is elected, I will be out of a job.

When Tracy was deciding whether to run, she asked me how I felt about the prospect (understanding what it would mean for my family). My immediate response was that she would be a fantastic commonwealth’s attorney and, while my employment situation would be negatively impacted, I could think of no better person to provide the leadership, professionalism, and integrity Halifax County needs in that position.

I live in Mecklenburg County, so I have not been involved in Halifax County elections. That being said, I wholeheartedly and unreservedly hope that Halifax County voters will recognize the opportunity they have in electing Ms. Quackenbush Martin as their commonwealth’s attorney. I have worked as her assistant for just over four years. I have come to respect her integrity, her genuine concern for her clients, her professionalism, and her unflinching dedication to the law.

In addition to those qualities, I have also been impressed by the excellence with which she represents and prepares her clients. She is honest and straight-forward throughout the legal process. She is genuinely respectful of everyone who comes through our office. That combination of honesty, integrity, respect, excellence, and dedication to the law drives my hope that she will be given the opportunity to serve her community as commonwealth’s attorney.

Being so close to the election process has provided me a unique perspective. I have known that Tracy could handle whatever challenges and attacks came before her with professionalism and intelligence. And she has. One of the most absurd attacks I’ve heard against her is that she is against the death penalty, accompanied by innuendo that she is politically confused (presumably because she is running as an Independent.)

I can say with assurance that Ms. Quackenbush Martin will work tirelessly to uphold the law, including guidelines in the Commonwealth regarding the death penalty. As far as political affiliations are concerned, I’d ask you to consider what party politics have to do with the election of commonwealth’s attorney. The fact that Ms. Quackenbush Martin is running as an Independent means that she is accountable first to the public. No political party has worked to fund or drive her election. The work that has been done on her behalf has been performed by local citizens who support her because she is the best candidate for this important position, not because of party loyalty.

I know that Tracy Quackenbush Martin will serve as commonwealth’s attorney with the same kind of integrity and fervor that she has brought to her own practice I ask that you serve your community best by voting for her on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Lynne Goodwin

Real Estate Assistant to Tracy L. Quackenbush

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