Published 7:39 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Editor, Smithfield Times
At the Republican forum, the candidates for Commonwealth’s attorney each spent their allotted time expounding on their campaigns and why they should be Commonwealth’s attorney for Isle of Wight County. I was impressed by the level of commitment that current Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette Phillips displayed. Having worked her way through law school at the same time being a young mother of two and a devoted wife, she obviously knows what hard work and determination is all about.
Secondly, having worked for various Commonwealth’s attorneys in our county who ended u p being promoted to judgeships, she never has sought one for herself, nor has she taken the experience and training that was invested in her and gone into private practice.
Instead, she has been committed to serving here in Isle of Wight County.
Lastly, I was struck by the respect she has for our local law enforcement officers. That working relationship and apparent mutual respect speaks volumes. The relationship between the Commonwealth’s attorney and law enforcement must be a team effort founded in trust. If not, the effectiveness and stability of the team will be affected. This is something that will affect all the citizens of Isle of Wight County.
Again, it is apparent that Phillips is trusted by law enforcement and that speaks volumes to me. That is the reason why we need to keep Georgette Phillips as our Commonwealth’s attorney.