Floyd attorney Harrison Schroeder is running for the open seat for Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Schroeder posted a new Facebook page on Wednesday:
I am pleased to announce that I will seek the Republican nomination for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Floyd County, and I ask for your support.
As Commonwealth’s Attorney, I will build on the successes of our former Commonwealth’s Attorney, now judge, Stephanie Shortt, who worked hard to combat crime. The meth epidemic in this county must be addressed with a with a strong hand. Let me be perfectly clear: those who are making or selling meth in this county should know that I am not someone they would want to meet in the courtroom. I will push for long sentences for meth dealers, as well as violent criminals and child predators. No one should doubt my resolve to do everything possible within the law to ensure that dangerous criminals get long sentences.
I have 14 years of courtroom experience, handling numerous judge trials and jury trials over the years, including many high profile cases. I will apply that experience to every case to ensure that the laws are firmly enforced and criminals are prosecuted. At the same time, however, I will review each case individually to make sure each person is treated fairly and equally under the law. The primary ethical duty of all prosecuting attorneys is to seek justice, not merely to convict.
It is critical that we have a local prosecutor who is invested in the community, because someone invested in the community is going to work hard to keep this community safe. I did not move to Floyd to run for this job. This is my home. I am running because I care deeply about this community and its citizens. I have lived and worked in Floyd for the last nine years, and I have been an active member of this community. I have served the community as member and Past President of the Floyd Lions Club, member and Past Master of the Floyd Masonic Lodge, charter member of the Floyd Rotary Club, Vice President of the Floyd County Bar Association, and General Counsel of the Floyd County Republican Party. My wife Crystal and I have seven children, the oldest is at Virginia Tech, and the others are enrolled in Floyd County Public Schools. We want to keep Floyd County a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. If elected, my number one goal will be to keep your family and my family safe.
The seat is currently occupied by Eric Branscom, appointed by Circuit Judge Marc Long late last year after Stephanie Shortt became a juvenile and domestic relations judge.
Branscom is also running for the seat in the November election but the decision will be decided in a GOP caucus in May between Schroeder, Branscom and a potential third candidate.
Schroeder is expected to have endorsements and support from much of the GOP establishment and law enforcement.