From an idealistic standpoint, the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney should not be a partisan position whenever independence from a political party is possible. It is my understanding that approximately one third of all elected Commonwealth’s Attorneys in Virginia are elected as Independents. Those numbers reflect the strong sense of many Virginians that their Commonwealth’s Attorneys should be independent advocates. No doubt, both Democrats and Republicans, as well as Independents, value vigorous enforcement and prosecution of the laws tempered with commonsense and independent judgment.
From a personal standpoint, I have no personal political aspiration other than to be elected Staunton’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney. I have no desire to be a judge. I do not want to be a member of the General Assembly or Congress. Statewide office holds no appeal to me. I simply want to continue to serve the citizens of Staunton as I have for over twenty years.
From a practical standpoint, I believe that the current political environment is so poisoned that, even at the local level, partisan politics and partisan labels would distract many voters from consideration of the merits of my candidacy rather than help to distinguish me as a candidate.