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Tony Spencer challenges Latney for Caroline commonwealth's attorney
Tony Spencer challenging Harvey Latney for Caroline County Commonwealth's Attorney

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Date published: 5/23/2007


Before yesterday, Harvey Latney had served more than 29 years as Caroline County's commonwealth's attorney without being challenged in an election.

In November, his re-election bid will be contested.

Tony Spencer, a former Richmond deputy commonwealth's attorney, filed paperwork yesterday to run against Latney in the Nov. 6 election. Spencer will run as an independent, Latney as a Democrat.

Spencer, 48, and his wife recently moved to Caroline County to raise a family. Spencer's parents have lived in Caroline full time since 1979, and Spencer spent summers there as a child.

Spencer was a deputy commonwealth's attorney in Richmond between 2002 and 2005. He prosecuted murders, robberies, drug dealing, white-collar crime and more. Since 2005 he has been a criminal defense lawyer, a job he also had before becoming a prosecutor.

If elected, Spencer has pledged to work six days a week in the Caroline commonwealth's attorney's office, assist investigators when crimes occur and personally return calls within 24 hours. He said he'll be speaking with Caroline residents to gather their input.

Latney, 62, will be doing some campaigning of his own to show voters he's the man for the job.

Latney was born and raised in Caroline. He took over the top prosecutor position in January 1978. Since then, the office has grown to include a victim-witness coordinator and an assistant prosecutor.

The Caroline commonwealth's attorney job remains a part-time position. Latney also has a private law practice in Richmond. But he said most of his time goes to the Caroline job, and he said he's proud of what he's accomplished there.

"I've given 30 years of dedicated service to the community," Latney said. "My record speaks for itself."

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5424
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com

Born at Mary Washington Hospital in 1958. Spent summers in Caroline County as a child. Worked at Kings Dominion for five years. Attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate and law degrees. Has worked for 17 years in criminal defense, including in New York City and Richmond. Was a deputy commonwealth's attorney in Richmond between 2002 and 2005. Speaks Spanish and has handled cases involving the Spanish-speaking community. Recently moved to Caroline County with his wife, the former Danielle Duffy. They're expecting their first child in June.