Commonwealth’s Attorney race taking shape

Chad Logan

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County appeared all but certain Friday to have a contested election for Commonwealth’s Attorney in November between incumbent Amanda Wiseley and Chad Logan, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Rockingham County.

Logan formally announced his candidacy on the steps of the old courthouse on Woodstock’s Main Street.

Wiseley responded with a written statement declaring, “I look forward to putting my record before the people of Shenandoah County for their review of the job I have done.”

Wiseley said in interview she would make a formal re-election announcement later this year, probably in May.

Logan, 30, spoke with his wife at his side. He promised he would be tough on criminals and responsive to crime victims, law enforcement officials and the “needs of the community,” abilities cultivated in his four years in Rockingham County.

Logan cited crimes involving violence, sexual assault, drugs and child abuse as examples of the kinds of cases that would be especially important to him.

“In my time in Harrisonburg and Rockingham, my caseload has demanded the ability to quickly size up a case, assess its merits and make a determination on how to proceed,” Logan said.

Logan, who graduated from the University of Virginia Law School, also promised he would run an office that provides “efficient public service staffed by competent employees.”

“I know that as Commonwealth’s Attorney, the staff I hire must be able to cope with the worst of society’s ills and maintain a high level of professionalism and sensitivity,” Logan told an audience of about 20 supporters. “My office will also be conscientious of our community’s resources, and I will work to minimize the costs of the office without sacrificing our county’s safety.”

Wiseley said in her written statement that she has worked “tirelessly” with local law enforcement officials “to prosecute criminals and protect the rights of victims.”

She cited statistics showing the number indictments presented to grand juries has jumped from 505 in 2011, the year before she took office, to 840 in 2012 to 1,240 in 2013 and 1,127 in 2013.

Wiseley, who ran as in independent in 2011, said she planned to do so again.

“There’ll come a time and a place when I’ll announce,” Wiseley said. “It’s just not in March.”

Logan is chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Party and the son of Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge William H. Logan Jr. Judge Logan announced recently he that will retire at the end of the month.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com