The Manassas and Manassas Park Democratic Committee recently presented their Blue Victory Award to Attorney Paul B. Ebert, the longest serving Commonwealth’s Attorney in all of Virginia. About 50 happy Democrats were on hand at A Taste of Heaven Tea Room in Manassas for a buffet breakfast to join in honoring Mr. Ebert for his distinguished record of public service. Mr. Ebert, a graduate of the George Washington School of Law, became Commonwealth’s Attorney for Prince William County in 1963, and has served in that capacity ever since, a total of 48 years.
Among his numerous professional positions and civic memberships are: past President, Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association, former Chairman of the State Bar Criminal Law Section Board of Governors, founding member of Prince William Crime Solvers, member of the Governor’s Task Force for Effective Prosecution of Domestic Violence, and member of the Legislative Task Force for Juvenile Justice Reform. He received the Robert F. Horan Award as Outstanding Virginia Prosecutor in 1997 and again in 2004, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Homicide Investigator’s Association in 2003, and the Trial Advocacy Excellence Award from the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation for 2003-2004, and the Henry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar in 2006, to name a few of the many professional recognitions he has received – but he seemed particularly touched by the Democratic Blue Victory award, perhaps because it is a grassroots award and, as he said, his purpose has always been to ensure that the people of Prince William County can live in pleasant, safe communities.
Senator Charles Colgan (D-29th) spoke briefly, followed by Supervisor John Jenkins from Neabsco District, who gave a brief outline of Mr. Ebert’s impressive record of community service. Delegate Luke Torian (D-52d) described his own on-going efforts to have the Springfield-Franconia metro line extended to Prince William, and then introduced. E. J. Scott, Chair of MMPCDC, who presented the Blue Victory Award to Mr. Ebert. Also seen at the breakfast was Delegate Charniele Herring (D-46th), all the way from the City of Alexandria.
Member Jeanette Rishell gave a rousing talk to rally the Democrats for the upcoming November elections. This election is crucial, she explained, for the families of Prince William, especially in view of the embarrassing leadership of Republican Cory Stewart, current Chair of the county’s Board of Supervisors, and the frightening war on the middle class in which the Republican Party has been engaged this year all across the country. “Starting now, we will all have to work very hard to elect Democrats in order protect our Democratic values in our county.” If you are interested in joining this positive and growing group in the Manassas area, please contact Mrs. Rishell at 703-257-0309 for a calendar of events.