As a prosecutor for nearly 20 years and as an elected prosecutor for over 5, I am proud to endorse Bethany Harrison for Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg. Bethany and I have known each other for almost 10 years. She is an outstanding lawyer, known for her judgment and skill in handling some of the most difficult criminal cases. She is thorough in her approach to her job and understands that a prosecutor’s role is one of seeking justice, not just increasing convictions. As a prosecutor she has partnered with the police and the citizens of Lynchburg to combat not just the crimes themselves, but the underlying causes of those crimes. It is this desire to improve not just the safety of the streets but the quality of life in her community, which has made her become an integral part of the Lynchburg Office.
I can also attest that the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney position requires additional qualities than what is needed to be an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Bethany possesses theses skills. As Lynchburg’s Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bethany has actual experience supervising other prosecutors. Bethany manages not just her caseload, but also ensures each of the attorneys under her supervision has the tools he or she needs to do their job. And because she is well respected within the office, she is the person that the newer prosecutors come to for help and advice with their difficult cases – an occurrence I can assure you arises almost daily. With Bethany, voters can be confident that the office will continue to have experienced leadership.
This experience is more important than ever. At the end of this year the citizens of Lynchburg will be losing two prosecutors with nearly 55 years of combined experience between them. Of course fresh voices and new ideas are valued, but innovation must be tempered with maturity. Bethany Harrison has both the character and the experience to lead the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and I urge the citizens of Lynchburg to vote for her on June 13.
Paul A. McAndrews