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Halifax attorney announces bid for prosecutor’s post

Local attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin announced Saturday she will run for Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Nov. 5 election.

Martin’s announcement brings to two the number of announced candidates seeking the position up for grabs this fall.

Earlier this month, Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Freshour announced his intentions to seek reelection to the post he has held since August 2012 when he was sworn in to fill the vacancy created after former Commonwealth’s Attorney Kimberly S. White was appointed a circuit court judge.

  “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,” Quackenbush Martin said when announcing her candidacy Saturday afternoon.

She has been an attorney representing citizens of Halifax County for 15 years.  Quackenbush Martin is a community servant 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.  

“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,” according to Quackenbush Martin.

“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,” she continued.

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 said.

More information about Tracy Quackenbush Martin for commonwealth’s attorney will be available at