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Tracy Quackenbush Martin sails to victory in Halifax

A contentious race for Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney ended Tuesday with Tracy Quackenbush Martin winning election by a an almost 2-1 margin over incumbent Mike Freshour.

The Halifax attorney prevailed in every precinct and garnered 6,410 votes, compared to 3,413 for Freshour.

Freshour had been serving as acting commonwealth’s attorney since August 2012, when he was sworn in to fill the vacancy created after former Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White was appointed a Circuit Court judge.

Prior to becoming commonwealth’s attorney, Freshour started his career as a prosecutor serving as the Project Exile Prosecutor for one year, before serving as the deputy commonwealth’s attorney for seven years.

Quackenbush-Martin has represented clients in Halifax County for 15 years and currently practices law at the Law Office of Tracy L. Quackenbush, PLC.

She has lived in Halifax County since 1998, and is married to Captain David Martin of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Quackenbush Martin said Tuesday she couldn’t put into words how she felt about winning the election.

“I prayed about all of this before I began. I put all my energy behind it, and it was important to me to do my best,” she noted.  “It was important to me to make sure people knew I was going to serve them to the best of my ability.

“All I can gather is that I communicated effectively to the people I had contacts with,” said Quackenbush Martin regarding her margin of victory.

“What I would like to believe is that people believe in my ability to do something positive for the community with their help, and with God’s grace I can do that.”

Quackenbush Martin said she “was absolutely ready for the challenge” and intends “to hit the ground running.”

“I want to sit down with all of the staff making a plan to move forward from here and to make a positive difference in the community,” she said.

 “The purpose of the courtroom is to settle differences between people when people don’t.

“The purpose of the commonwealth’s attorney’s office is to work for justice.

“I’m humbled, and I will work to continue to earn the confidence of the community every day in my job.

“I am very excited.  I thank God, I thank my family and all the volunteers who helped me. I thank every person in the community who believed in me, and I thank those who are setting a challenge for me in that I have to earn their confidence.

“That’s what I have to do.”

Freshour offered congratulations to Quackenbush Martin and said he would coordinate with her to transition and take over the office.

“Looking back, you can always think I could have done this or I could have done that,” said Freshour. “Ultimately, it didn’t work out.”

Freshour added he would be in private practice in short order in downtown South Boston – the Fraser and Freshour Law Firm.

“I had tremendous support,” he offered.  “I’d like to thank everybody who contributed to the campaign and helped out on the campaign trail.

“I had a lot of people who were very dedicated and worked hard.  I wish I could have won, but I’d like to thank everyone for all of their hard work.”