Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel Rutherford is running for a second four-year term with the same goal in mind: to aggressively prosecute those involved with dealing and trafficking drugs in the county.
“I will only let up when the drug dealers decide to not sell in Nelson or the surroundings counties,” Rutherford said.
Along with that continued promise, Rutherford said he will also continue to try and get help for those addicted to drugs in order to prevent future trouble.
“I don’t judge my success by the number of drug dealers in jail, but by crimes prevented, by lives we change,” Rutherford said.
Rutherford said one of his biggest accomplishments in the past four years was making good on his promise to successfully prosecute those involved with drugs. However, Rutherford said it wouldn’t be possible without the relationship he has with other law enforcement officials.
“My truly greatest accomplishment is working with law enforcement and the surrounding commonwealth’s attorneys,” Rutherford said.
As part of his re-election, Rutherford said he plans on maintaining and building upon his working relationship with a number of agencies including the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the Wintergreen Police, the Skyline Drug Taskforce, and the Virginia State Police.
“I love the working relationship we have. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do,” Rutherford said.
Rutherford also credits his success to those in his office making everything run as smoothly as possible. Rutherford said if he wins in November, a priority of his will be getting his employees pay raises, which he believes is overdue because the workload for the office has doubled since 2016.
“I have a stellar team and I look forward to working with them and hopefully getting a pay raise. It’s more than justified,” Rutherford said.
Rutherford said his next steps include continuing to be a part of the community by going to different public events and organizations.
“I don’t campaign for the election season; I want to constantly be involved in the community,” Rutherford said.
Rutherford first ran for commonwealth’s attorney in 2011 and lost to Anthony Martin. Rutherford ran again in 2016 and beat out Heather Goodwin, defense attorney, and Jerry Gress, prosecutor. Rutherford has been the only person to announce he is running for commonwealth’s attorney this election cycle.
Carlton Ballowe, Nelson County Republican Committee chairman, said the committee will endorse Rutherford.
Jacqueline Britt, Nelson County director of elections, said everyone has to have all of their paperwork in by the June 11 primary election date to run in the Nov. 5 election. She said no one, other than Rutherford, has filed yet to run.