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01 Dec
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Bethany Harrison Elected Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney

Lynchburg’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney will be the first female Commonwealth’s Attorney in the city’s history after Bethany Harrison’s historic landslide victory November 7th. Harrison, the city’s current Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, won nearly 2/3 of the vote, besting her opponent Carlos Hutcherson 65%-34%.

Throughout her campaign Bethany stressed the importance of experience in the role of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and highlighted her years of experience as a Lynchburg prosecutor. Harrison also spoke often of her passion and commitment to the job and to the Lynchburg community as illustrated by her community service efforts and her track record of aggressive advocacy on behalf of victims of crime.

Voters clearly responded to her message as they handed Harrison large margins of victory in many precincts throughout the city.

In an address to supporters on election night, Harrison expressed how deeply humbled and honored she was to have earned the trust of the electorate to be the city’s top prosecutor.

Harrison, who is the first female ever elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Lynchburg said she was honored and excited to have that distinction but acknowledged that the voters did not elect her to make history, but rather they elected her because they trusted she had the experience and the know-how to help keep the city safe.

Harrison stated her commitment to tackle the significant issues which face the city and a readiness to get to work. Her term begins on January 1.

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26 Oct
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Bethany Harrison Unanimously Supported by Area Commonwealth’s Attorneys

Those locally who know the demands of the job of being the Commonwealth’s Attorney are united in supporting Bethany Harrison to be the next Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg.

Bethany Harrison has been endorsed by the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Campbell, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Pittsylvania, Nelson and Halifax Counties, Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington, the City of Buena Vista and the retiring Commonwealth’s Attorney of the City of Lynchburg.

Additionally, Bethany Harrison has the endorsement of the Sheriffs of Campbell County, Amherst County, Bedford County and the City of Lynchburg.

These men and women from across the political spectrum have united behind Bethany Harrison’s candidacy because they understand that it is critically important for the Commonwealth’s Attorney to not only have a foundation of knowledge and experience but also a personal commitment to fighting for victims of crime and working to make their community more safe.

These are men and women who have dedicated their career to public service and to public safety. They understand the demands of the job and what it takes to be effective in the role. They recognize that, as Lynchburg’s Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bethany Harrison not only has the critically important experience needed to effectively do the job but she has demonstrated a passion for the work which will serve the people of Lynchburg well as their next Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Lynchburg’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney will be decided at the polls November 7th.

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25 Oct
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Bethany Harrison Announces Another Endorsement, Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown

Bethany Harrison has announced yet another endorsement from a respected public safety official. This time it is Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown. Sheriff Brown is the reigning National Sheriff of the Year and on the Board of Directors of the National Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff Brown fully understands the nature of law enforcement in Central Virginia and knows what it takes to effectively keep our communities safe. He expresses that he supports Bethany Harrison to be the next Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Lynchburg because,

Bethany Harrison is the experienced prosecutor the City of Lynchburg needs as its next Commonwealth’s Attorney. I fully endorse her election to that position this November 7th. As Sheriff of Bedford County we work constantly with law enforcement in the City of Lynchburg on joint investigations and matters which impact the safety of citizens in both our jurisdictions.

It is important that the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg is a dedicated leader who is committed to keeping the citizens of Central Virginia safe. Bethany Harrison is that leader for the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

I ask everyone in Lynchburg to vote for her this November 7th.
–Sheriff Mike Brown, Bedford County

Sheriff Brown joins Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance endorsing Bethany Harrison. The two top law enforcement officials in Bedford County are joined by Commonwealth’s Attorneys and Sheriffs from throughout Virginia endorsing Bethany Harrison and asking Lynchburg voters to vote for her this November 7th.

For a full listing of those who have endorsed Bethany Harrison, visit the Endorsement Tracker.

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23 Oct
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Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance Endorses Bethany Harrison

Bethany Harrison’s campaign to become the next Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg has announced yet another endorsement by a local Commonwealth’s Attorney. Today her campaign announced the endorsement of Wes Nance, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Bedford County. This is an especially noteworthy endorsement as the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office must often times work very closely with neighboring jurisdictions when conducting investigations and prosecutions of serious criminal matters. This important factor is one Mr. Nance touches upon in his endorsement, saying:

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison is the clear choice to be the next Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg. I urge everyone to vote for her this November 7th.  As Commonwealth’s Attorney for Bedford County, I often work in concert with the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office on investigations and cases which impact the safety of everyone in Central Virginia. It is critically important not only to the people of Lynchburg but to those of us in neighboring jurisdictions that the top prosecutor in Lynchburg have the experience and capability to handle any investigation and prosecute any case. I know Bethany and I know she has the ability to get the job done.
Wes Nance, Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Bethany Harrison has previously been endorsed by Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul McAndrews and by Appomattox County Commonwealth’s Attorney Darrel Puckett as well as over 10 other Commonwealth’s Attorneys from throughout Virginia. For a full listing of those men and women who know the job best and who support Bethany Harrison, visit the Endorsement Tracker.

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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.

UPDATE: Lynchburg Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison has now been endorsed by 15 Commonwealth’s Attorneys including the Commonwealth’s Attorney from every local jurisdiction.
[Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Buena Vista, Campbell, Halifax, Lexington/Rockbridge, Nelson, Pittsylvania & the retiring Commonwealth’s Attorney of the City of Lynchburg]

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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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