Kie drops out of com­mon­wealth’s at­tor­ney race

Rappahannock News - - NEWS - BY ALISA BOOZE TROETSCHEL Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

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.

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