Farmer beats Stanton handily for law post

Published 9:31 pm Tuesday, November 4, 2008

ISLE OF WIGHT — By about a 2-to-1 ratio, voters selected Wayne Farmer to be the next Commonwealth’s Attorney of Isle of Wight County.

Unofficial results show Farmer defeated challenger Jennifer Stanton, 12,619 to 6,158. There were 49 write-ins.

“I feel very honored,” Farmer said Tuesday night while celebrating the victory with supporters at his Smithfield office. “Particularly given the size of the victory that the citizens of Isle of Wight County have expressed so much confidence in me. I’m truly honored by that.”

Farmer said that in the coming days he would wrap up his private practice work and make sure his clients were taken care of. He said that by law he had to be sworn in within 30 days, and he wanted to be sworn in as soon as possible.

“I’m very excited,” Farmer said. “It’s been a lot of hard work. It was a lot of friends and family and supporters working very hard. But it paid off and that’s rewarding.”

Farmer will serve the remaining three years of W. Parker Councill’s term.

“I think (Farmer is) going to be an excellent Commonwealth’s Attorney,” said Eric Cooke, who has the post in Southampton County. “He’s a man of integrity, and he will do the right thing. He will prosecute fairly. He will do it in an unbiased fashion and he will follow the law.”

Jennifer Stanton could not be reached. Her husband, Michael, said that she was recuperating from a grueling campaign and a couple of unspecified illnesses.

“It’s been a long day and a long campaign,” Michael Stanton said. “I don’t speak for Jennifer … she looks forward to continuing to look for opportunities to serve Isle of Wight County.”