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19 Oct
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Bethany Harrison Endorsed by Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Today Bethany Harrison’s campaign for Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney announced that she has received the endorsement of Robert Bryan Haskins, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Pittsylvania County. Mr. Haskins becomes the 13th Commonwealth’s Attorney to endorse Bethany Harrison’s campaign.

Prior to becoming Commonwealth’s Attorney in Pittsylvania County, Mr. Haskins was the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Pittsylvania County. He recognizes the value of that experience and how it makes Lynchburg’s Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison the right person for the job. He writes:

Bethany Harrison has my support to be the next Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg. Bethany is the current Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Lynchburg with ten years of prosecution experience. I know firsthand the value of that experience. I was the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Pittsylvania County before becoming the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the same office. The experience I gained as a prosecutor and supervisor in the office was invaluable to prepare me to be the top law enforcement officer of my county. Bethany has that indispensable foundation of experience needed to lead the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. I urge you to vote for Bethany Harrison on November 7th.
-Robert Bryan Haskins, Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney

To view a complete list of those who have endorsed Bethany Harrison, visit the Endorsement Tracker.

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11 Oct
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Bethany Harrison Receives Endorsement of Former Governor & U.S. Senator, George Allen

Former Governor and United States Senator George Allen recently announced his support for Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison in her campaign to become the next Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg. Gov. Allen was in Lynchburg on October 3rd speaking at an event celebrating local manufacturers. It was there he had an opportunity to speak with Bethany and discuss her vision for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. After meeting with Bethany, Gov. Allen released the following statement,

I’m impressed by Bethany Harrison’s steady demeanor, her experience as a leader and a prosecutor to take on the important role of Commonwealth’s Attorney. She has a proven record of fighting violent crime in the City of Lynchburg, having successfully prosecuted murderers, child abusers, robbers, and drug dealers. The citizens of Lynchburg deserve a Commonwealth’s Attorney who will fight hard every day to keep them safe and assist victims of crime.  I’m confident that Bethany Harrison will work honorably and effectively to keep you safe and uphold the rule of law.  Therefore, I respectfully encourage you to make sure to vote for Bethany Harrison on November 7th.  -George Allen, former Governor and U.S. Senator of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Governor Allen is known for his popular and successful criminal justice reforms and his commitment to public safety in the Commonwealth. Bethany Harrison has worked for over a decade in Lynchburg to make the city a safer place to live, work and raise families and shares the same commitment to the principles of justice.

Governor Allen joins an extensive list of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Sheriffs and other elected officials supporting Bethany Harrison’s campaign.  To view a full list of those who have endorsed Bethany’s campaign for Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney, visit the Endorsement Tracker.

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02 Oct
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Bethany Harrison; YWCA of Central Virginia Kick Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison was on hand this morning at the YWCA of Central Virginia to take part in the official kick-off to Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the month of October. The YWCA of Central Virginia does invaluable work offering services and support to victims of domestic violence. As part of the event, Bethany read and signed a proclamation of recognition which included sobering information about the impacts of domestic violence and a call to action for us all to work to break the cycle of violence in our community:

Whereas, our Nation has a moral obligation to work to prevent domestic violence and to address its brutal and destructive effects;

Whereas, our Nation must make ending domestic violence a national priority;

NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of the important work done by domestic violence programs and victims’ service providers, I, Bethany Harrison, Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney of Lynchburg, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urge all citizens to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs sponsored by the Domestic Violence Prevention Center, to work towards the elimination of domestic violence.

 

For more information on the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Prevention Center, Click Here.

The full text of the proclamation follows, below.

Proclamation of Recognition for

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October, 2017

Whereas, 1 in every 3 teenagers, 1 in every 4 women, and 1 in every 6 men will experience domestic violence during their lifetime;

Whereas, approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year;

Whereas, when a family member is abused, it can have long-term damaging effects on the victim that also leave a mark on family, friends, and the community at large;

Whereas, families are indispensable to a stable society, and they should be a place of support to instill responsibility and values in the next generation;

Whereas domestic violence is widespread and is devastating to society as a whole;

Whereas, the problem of domestic violence is not confined to any group or groups of people, but crosses all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious, and societal barriers, and is sustained by societal indifference;

Whereas, the crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy, dignity, security, and humanity due to the systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and economic control and/or abuse;

Whereas, survivors should have help to find the compassion, comfort, and healing they need, and domestic abusers should be punished to the full extent of the law;

Whereas, survivors of violence should have access to medical and legal services, counseling, transitional housing, and other supportive services so that they can escape the cycle of abuse;

Whereas, we encourage domestic violence survivors and their families to seek assistance from appropriate victims’ services organizations and the Domestic Violence Prevention Center (434- 528-1041).

Whereas, it is important to recognize the compassion and dedication of the individuals who provide services to victims of domestic violence and work to increase public understanding of this significant problem;

Whereas, local programs, state coalitions, national organizations, and other agencies nationwide are committed to increasing public awareness of domestic violence and its prevalence, and to eliminating it through prevention and education;

Whereas, important partnerships have been formed among criminal and juvenile justice agencies, healthcare providers, allied professionals, and victim services to assist victims of domestic violence and their families;

Whereas, the United States President and Congress as well as other federal agencies have expressed a commitment to eliminating domestic violence both nationally and internationally;

Whereas, our Nation must dedicate ourselves to protecting vulnerable members of our society;

Whereas, our Nation has a moral obligation to work to prevent domestic violence and to address its brutal and destructive effects;

Whereas, our Nation must make ending domestic violence a national priority;

NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of the important work done by domestic violence programs and victims’ service providers, I, Bethany Harrison, Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney of Lynchburg, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urge all citizens to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs sponsored by the Domestic Violence Prevention Center, to work towards the elimination of domestic violence.

 

 

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30 Aug
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Harrison Takes Part In Neighborhood Outreach Along with LPD; Other Community Leaders

On August 29th Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison joined with Lynchburg Police Department Officers, including Chief Raul Diaz, members of One Community One Voice and other concerned citizens on a walking tour of a Rivermont neighborhood. Bethany spoke with residents about their concerns and observations about criminal activity in the area, notably drug activity.

Bethany has made community outreach such as this a centerpiece of her agenda if she is elected Commonwealth’s Attorney. While the Commonwealth’s Attorney must first have the experience and capability to effectively prosecute crime and take violent criminals off the streets, the Commonwealth’s Attorney must also be a leader in the community, forging relationships with community leaders and everyday citizens to present a united front against criminal activity in our city.  Civic input and participation in the process of keeping their neighborhoods safe is critical. Bethany is committed to being present and receptive to community concerns so that the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office may more effectively fight to keep every neighborhood in the city safe.

You can read the full story in the News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/community-police-take-to-cabell-amherst-streets-to-hear-residents/article_76665f1c-8d31-11e7-93b2-b3a30f1270ae.html

Community Relationships are an important focus of Bethany’s campaign. Click the link or visit the “Community Relationships” tab under “the important issues” at the top of the page.

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15 Jun
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Bethany Harrison Wins Republican Nomination in Landslide Victory

Bethany Harrison has secured the Republican nomination for Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney in a resounding victory over her challenger, Tim Griffin. With all precincts reporting Bethany Harrison held a nearly 2-1 advantage in the vote total.

This landslide victory shows a clear message from Lynchburg voters that they want experienced leadership in place at the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney filling the vital role of being the top prosecutor in the city.

The overwhelming result saw Bethany sweep every ward in the city.

Bethany will now move on to the general election to be held November 7th. She will go up against Carlos Hutcherson (D), a local attorney.

WATCH BETHANY DELIVER HER ACCEPTANCE ADDRESS HERE:

 

 

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09 Jun
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Delegate Kathy Byron (R) 22nd District Endorses Bethany Harrison

Local delegate and consistent champion of conservative causes Kathy Byron, (R) 22nd District, has given her support and endorsement to Bethany Harrison’s campaign for the Republican nomination for Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Delegate Byron, in stating the reason for her support of Bethany’s campaign states:

“I’m supporting Bethany Harrison for Lynchburg’s Commonwealth Attorney, and I urge you to vote for her in the Republican Primary on June 13.  A strong conservative woman who shares our respect for the Constitution, we can count on Bethany Harrison to defend our Second Amendment rights. Bethany understands the need for strong families and shares our traditional values, including protecting the right to life.  As a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bethany Harrison has the experience our next Commonwealth’s Attorney needs. For more than a decade, Bethany has been successfully prosecuting serious felony offenses and fighting to keep the people of Lynchburg safe. Bethany Harrison is the principled conservative we need as Commonwealth’s Attorney. She has earned my support and deserves your vote on June 13.”- Del. Kathy Byron (R) 22nd District

Delegate Byron’s support is very meaningful and places her alongside other dedicated public servants who recognize that the citizens of Lynchburg deserve experienced conservative leadership from their Commonwealth’s Attorney.  For a full listing of those who have endorsed Bethany Harrison’s campaign, visit the Endorsement Tracker

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05 Jun
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12 Commonwealth’s Attorneys Endorse Bethany Harrison, the Only Candidate to Receive Even One Such Endorsement

Today Bethany Harrison’s campaign for the Republican nomination for Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney announced the 11th and 12th Commonwealth’s Attorneys who have endorsed Bethany for the position.

Bethany has the support of both Marsha Garst (R), Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg and Tracy Quackenbush Martin (I), Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Bethany Harrison is the only candidate to be endorsed by a Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Those who do the job and know what it takes to get the job done on behalf of those they serve know that Bethany Harrison is the only candidate with the experience and leadership to be the Commonwealth’s Attorney the people of Lynchburg deserve.

Ms. Garst writes:

I am happy to endorse a fellow Republican, Bethany Harrison, for the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg. In my almost 20 years serving as the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg I’ve always made it a priority to get violent criminals off the streets and obtain justice for the victims of crime.  Successfully doing the job takes experience and a passion for advocating on behalf of crime victims. Bethany Harrison has the experience, having served for over a decade under Mike Doucette, an accomplished and well-respected prosecutor.  Bethany also has that needed passion for the job. She has my full support.  I encourage my Republican friends in Lynchburg to go to the polls and vote for Bethany Harrison on June 13.- Marsha Garst (R), Rockingham County/City of Harrisonburg

 

Ms. Martin writes:

 I have known Bethany Harrison for a number of years since my own election in 2013.  I have found her to be a seasoned prosecutor and leader.  Bethany exhibits the traits any community would want in its Commonwealth’s Attorney:  a deep commitment to justice, a passion for her community, a wealth of experience as a litigator, and a history of effective management and leadership.  Prosecuting for more than ten years, she possesses specialized skills and training in a host of violent crimes, including capital murder.  She is ready to use those skills for the people of Lynchburg.  A seasoned prosecutor knows her decisions stand to impact not just a single case or individual, but rather, the safety and security of everyone.  Bethany is already acclimated to making prosecutorial decisions, and supervising others, with a view toward the broader impact of each case.  Every community deserves an attorney as committed and knowledgeable as Bethany Harrison to make the hard decisions the job requires.  She is ready to fulfill the demands of this office on day one.  Lynchburg needs the highly capable leadership of Bethany Harrison to spearhead its charge for justice.  I wholeheartedly support her in her desire to serve Lynchburg as its next chief prosecutor.  I encourage you to vote for Bethany Harrison for Commonwealth’s Attorney on June 13. – Tracy Quackenbush Martin
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Halifax County

 

 

For a full listing of those endorsing Bethany Harrison and links to what they have to say about why she is the only candidate to support in the Republican Primary on June 13th, visit the Endorsement Tracker.

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01 Jun
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Republican Chris Billias becomes the 10th Commonwealth’s Attorney to endorse Bethany Harrison

Lynchburg’s Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison’s campaign has now been endorsed by a 10th currently serving Commonwealth’s Attorney. Chris Billias (R), Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington is a former criminal defense attorney in the City of Lynchburg. He once maintained a law office in Lynchburg. With that background Mr. Billias is very well situated to understand what it takes to get the job done as Commonwealth’s Attorney of the City of Lynchburg. His unequivocal endorsement, along with the prior endorsement of 9 of his colleagues, speaks volumes about Bethany’s preparedness for office on day one. Mr. Billias writes:

“I’m very pleased to endorse Bethany Harrison for Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg.  I once had a law office in Lynchburg and did extensive criminal defense work in Lynchburg courts. I know the job of Commonwealth’s Attorney and I know the criminal justice system in Lynchburg. I have known Bethany for many years. Her work ethic is second to none as is her passion for ensuring that justice prevails.  For over a decade Bethany has truly been a champion for victims of crime.  As Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City, Bethany has the experience needed to be the head of Lynchburg’s office, which is one of the largest law offices in our region.  As a fellow Republican, I know Bethany’s conservative values will shape her administration of the office.  I urge my Lynchburg friends to vote for Bethany Harrison for Commonwealth’s Attorney in the June 13 Republican primary.” – Chris Billias (R), Commonwealth’s Attorney Rockbridge County/City of Lexington

Bethany Harrison has also been endorsed by Republican delegates, Sheriffs of neighboring jurisdictions and a retired judge. For a full list of endorsements, visit the Endorsement Tracker.

Bethany Harrison’s opponent has not been endorsed by any Commonwealth’s Attorney, not even his current boss in Bedford County or his former boss in Amherst County.

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30 May
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Daniel Rutherford (R), Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Endorses Bethany Harrison

Daniel Rutherford (R), the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Nelson County has joined the ever-growing and impressive list of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Sheriffs and other professionals who know what it takes to do an effective job as Commonwealth’s Attorney and endorsed Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison for the Republican nomination June 13.

Mr. Rutherford is the 9th Commonwealth’s Attorney and the 3rd Commonwealth’s Attorney in the local judicial circuit to endorse Bethany Harrison. Within the 24th Judicial Circuit, Mike Doucette (City of Lynchburg) and Paul McAndrews (Campbell County) have also endorsed Bethany Harrison. Samuel Johnston, the former Chief Judge of the 24th Judicial Circuit has also endorsed Bethany’s campaign.

No Commonwealth’s Attorney has endorsed her opponent.

In setting forth why Bethany Harrison is the clear choice for Lynchburg Republicans, Mr. Rutherford writes:

I enthusiastically endorse Bethany Harrison for the Republican Nomination for Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Lynchburg.  I know Bethany and I know she has all the qualities Lynchburg Republicans could want in their nominee for Commonwealth’s Attorney. Bethany is an experienced and highly respected trial attorney more than capable of prosecuting violent criminals and taking them off the streets.  Bethany is a steadfast conservative Republican who shares our values.  As Commonwealth’s Attorney of Nelson County I know what it takes to be effective in this job.  I say without hesitation that Bethany Harrison has what it takes.  She is clearly Lynchburg’s best choice to be your next Commonwealth’s Attorney and I encourage you to vote for her. 

Daniel L. Rutherford (R) Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney

For a full list of those who have endorsed Bethany Harrison, head to the Endorsement Tracker.

 

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24 May
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Chris Russell, City of Buena Vista, Becomes 8th Commonwealth’s Attorney to Endorse Bethany Harrison

Chris Russell (I), Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Buena Vista since 2004 has become the 8th Commonwealth’s Attorney to endorse Bethany Harrison’s campaign for the Republican nomination for Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Bethany Harrison is the only candidate to have received an endorsement from a Commonwealth’s Attorney. Mr. Russell, like his colleagues who have endorsed Bethany, recognizes the irreplaceable value of experienced leadership in the role of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Bethany’s years of service in the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has earned not only the trust of those with whom she serves but also experienced prosecutors like Mr. Russell.  He writes:

“I endorse and support Bethany Harrison to be the next Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg. I have been the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Buena Vista since 2004. I have the insight gained through years of experience to know the unique challenges and burdens placed upon a Commonwealth’s Attorney. Those years have also shown me what it takes to successfully meet those challenges and keep violent criminals off of the streets. Bethany unquestionably has the knowledge, experience and qualifications to meet the challenge of being Lynchburg’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney. I encourage you to vote for her.” Chris Russell (I) Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Buena Vista

For a full list of those endorsing Bethany’s campaign, visit the Endorsement Tracker.

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