The Virginia Constitution provides Commonwealth’s Attorneys broad authority to prosecute criminal cases. As elected constitutional officers, Commonwealth’s Attorneys occupy a unique position of public trust directly accountable to the people they serve.
If elected, I will:
- Exercise integrity, judgment and fairness;
- Preserve confidence in the fair and transparent conduct of the Office;
- Attach greater priority to protecting children, victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse;
- Enhance efforts to prosecute violent offenders, criminal gangs, and other complex threats;
- Expand community outreach and education to better identify and prevent crime;
- Support efforts to expand the DNA database to protect victims of crime and reduce wrongful convictions;
- Stand with law enforcement.
People expect the Commonwealth’s Attorney to be tough. They also demand fairness. And if provided the honor to serve, I pledge to be tough and fair; to sacrifice neither goal to the interests of the other, but to advance both while upholding the constitutional traditions that set the American system of justice above all others.
While the Commonwealth’s Attorney is elected, the position must not be a political one. When prosecuting criminal offenders, zip codes and incomes must not matter. Neither must race nor ethnicity, education or social standing, gender or nationality, or whether you live on grounds or off.
As Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor Robert H. Jackson stated:
“The citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.”
If elected, I will seek to seek to uphold these principles with humility and civility. I would be grateful for your support and encourage you to get involved by volunteering, pledging your support or donating to my campaign.