Kie drops out of commonwealth’s attorney race
Nancie Gallegos Kie announced Wednesday that she has withdrawn her candidacy for the Rappahannock County Commonwealth’s Attorney to devote time to dealing with a serious and unexpected medical condition in her family.
“I did not feel that I could give 100 percent of my effort to the race and the people of Rappahannock County deserve exactly that,” said Kie. “Further, I am a firm believer that family must always come first.”
Kie plans to maintain her private law practice in Front Royal in which she specializes in domestic relations and criminal defense. And, she will continue to look out for the inter- ests of children involved in divorce cases as a guardian ad litem in Rappahannock.
Kie allows the possibility of running for the post at some time in the future. For now, though, she said, “I just have to get through the next year and a half.”
Kie lives in Washington, and graduated from RappahannockCounty High School in 1997.
Kie’s decision leaves Art L. Goff as the sole contender for the commonwealth’s attorney post – a position filled for the past 27 years by Peter H. Luke.
Luke, 64, announced in February that it was time to retire from the position, and candidacies were announced by Kie and Goff within a day of his public announcement.
Goff has been an attorney in Page and Rappahannock counties since 1997. He worked in the public defender’s office in Page County, and served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney there from 2002 until 2009. Since June of 2009 he has been an associate in the Rodger Smith Law Firm in Luray, where he specializes in criminal cases.
Goff said he has worked as a special prosecutor in Rappahannock County on cases when Luke was away or had a conflict of interest.
Goff, 45, has lived in Ben Venue on Richmond Road since the late 1980s. He and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Carter, 5. Goff was unavailable for comment as this paper went to press.