Letter: Holly Smith has earned the respect of colleagues
As the former program director for the Williamsburg/James City County Victim Assistance Program, I would like to share my personal observations of working with Holly Smith, candidate for Gloucester’s Commonwealth’s Attorney. I had the pleasure of working with Holly for almost three years before I retired, and during that time we worked on a variety of cases, especially child sexual assault.
Holly’s knowledge of the law, along with her high ethical standards—both in and out of the courtroom—have gained her the respect of law enforcement and the defense bar, but more importantly, from the victims she has worked with, regardless of age.
I have watched first-hand as she explained the court system to adults and small children, some as little as 6 years old, in terms they could understand. She took the time to listen to their concerns and answer all their questions, regardless of how small the question was. Being a crime victim can be devastating enough, but having to testify in court can almost be too much for some to bear. Holly has always worked to help them regain some of the power they lost as a victim by listening to them in a respectful manner, while never losing sight of her job … to get justice for the victim as well as for the citizens of the commonwealth.
I urge each and every one of you to vote for Holly Smith. She is one of the most qualified, ethical and professional attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with. She will listen to the concerns of Gloucester residents and advocate for them in a highly professional manner while carrying out the laws of Virginia.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.