Letter to the Editor: The incumbent is a dedicated public servant


I am writing today because it’s important that the people of Shenandoah County know what a dedicated public servant they have in Amanda McDonald Wiseley.

I am local law enforcement officer, and I have been in and around law enforcement my entire life.  So I have had the opportunity to work with many, many prosecutors.  But until I met Amanda, I had never seen an elected commonwealth’s attorney actually go to a crime scene in the middle of the night to support law enforcement in the middle of an investigation.  Not once, but many, many times.   Amanda and her staff are available — quite literally — at all hours of the day and night, no matter how minor the issue we are facing.  Her approachability and the responsiveness of her staff are the main reason why the law enforcement community is almost unanimous that she has been an extremely effective commonwealth’s attorney.

But it’s not the only reason.  We in law enforcement admire the way she is not afraid to pursue a tough case, if she thinks a crime has been committed.  Officers often know that there is more going on in a case than meets the eye.  Amanda will sit with an officer to figure out what laws have been broken, and how to prove it.  And the numbers bear me out.  Amanda’s office has doubled the number of indictments from four years ago, and her hard work, and the hard work of her staff, are the reasons why.  I cannot count the number of times I have heard the same thing from victims and officers around the county:  the job Amanda McDonald Wiseley has done has been nothing short of phenomenal.

The bottom line for me is that Amanda has been wonderful, so there is no need to change.  Nothing against her opponent, I have known him and his family since he was a little boy.  He is a good man from a good family.  But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  And if the engine is purring like a kitten, why change the spark plugs?

Ronnie Sherfey, Edinburg