curious

Hopewell, VA

#22 Sep 18, 2013
Hopewell resident wrote:
There is only one candidate running as Cloniger doesn't reside in Hopewell therefore he is exempt from running. I am sure that there is a rental house lease in his name in the city provided by one of the GOB's but if it is investigated it is obvious that no one really resides there.....
This is amazing to me considering Newman didn't live in Hopewell either when he ran for CA and the "GOB's" provided him a rental house through Ingram to rent while he ran....so exactly what is your point?????
Curious is BRILLIANT

Hopewell, VA

#23 Sep 18, 2013
curious wrote:
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This is amazing to me considering Newman didn't live in Hopewell either when he ran for CA and the "GOB's" provided him a rental house through Ingram to rent while he ran....so exactly what is your point?????
So glad someone called out the obvious! Why is Newman any different... Cloninger has ties to the community... Newman on the other hand had nothing to do with Hopewell until after he ran for CA in Dinwiddie and LOST! Another valid point, Newman TRIED but failed to have 295 money written under the State code so himself and his office could have raises.. Now he's all about "the money should be used for the kids"... Nice try Newman, everyone in this city with a brain knows your motive.
no GOB

Hopewell, VA

#24 Sep 18, 2013
The GOB's had absolutely nothing to do with Newman, they were behind Sylvester 100%. They want nothing to do with him now because he won't bow down to them.
Hopewell worker

AOL

#25 Sep 21, 2013
Last election I voted for Newman to get rid of Sylvester. Newman has served his purpose and it is time for him to go. During his term Newman has made some self-centered moves that are not good for Hopewell. Now with Cloninger we have a viable candidate with a background in Hopewell who loves this community. Furthermore, Cloninger has a long background in the criminal law which will serve him well as a prosecutor.

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#26 Sep 21, 2013
I voted for Newman, too, because there was no other choice. Now we have a real choice with Cloninger.
Good Ole Girl

Hopewell, VA

#27 Sep 25, 2013
After reading the above comments, I feel there is way too much misinformation on here.

I have practiced law for the last 20 years, mostly in family law. I happen to know both Newman and Cloninger very well, and like both of them.

However, Newman is the only one qualified to hold the position of Commonwealth Attorney. While both Cloninger and Newman have been practicing law about the same amount of time, Newman is the only one that has any criminal law experience. Newman has been both a defense lawyer and a prosecutor. Cloninger has done neither. Cloninger does only real estate law and family law and absolutely nothing else. Cloninger has never tried a criminal case in his entire career. Newman is the only obvious choice.
Check Your Facts

Colonial Heights, VA

#28 Sep 25, 2013
Good Ole Girl- You obviously do not do your research before posting. You are greatly misinformed yourself. Cloninger has tried many criminal cases and if you read any information about him, he started his career in the Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney Office prosecuting criminal cases. He has been very open to questions, so if you feel you need to question his experience, give him a call! Newman is a sexist creep. If that man goes another term, there is no telling who he will sexually harass this time! Hopewell needs a change!
Hopewell working girl

AOL

#29 Sep 25, 2013
Good Ole Girl--Cloninger has been trying criminal cases for nearly thirty years. He started off in the Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney's office. Cloninger has been both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer. He is highly qualified for the position of Commonwealth's Attorney. I also agree with "Check Your Facts" that Newman is a sexist creep. He sexually harasses women and engages in all sorts of inappropriate conduct.
Petersburg Lawyer

Hopewell, VA

#30 Sep 25, 2013
Check your facts and HWG both better go do research. Cloninger was never a prosecutor in the Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. He was a third year law school intern there and the most he tried was a traffic case. GOG is right, Cloninger has absolutely no criminal experience period. All he has ever done is land law and some civil work and he is not very good at either one of those.
Parepidemos

Arlington, VA

#31 Sep 25, 2013
Rick Newman's heart is in the right place, but not much else. He truly does want to clean up Hopewell. He truly is a capable prosecutor...when he puts his mind to it. Sometimes he just appears burned-out and as though he's relying on his deputy and staff to do his work for him.

The problem is that he plays favorites. He takes the "two gangs" approach to corruption in Hopewell: he looks for ways to prosecute his opponents (who often deserve it), but also reduces/drops charges involving his supporters and their families. With the guidance of his office manager, he has politicized his office. In doing so, he has alienated virtually everyone: defense attorneys, his former assistants, other local Commonwealth's Attorneys, City Council, the Sheriff, and so on. Who has endorsed him this time?

Compared to Sylvester, he was a welcome change, but his time should be over. Power corrupts, and Newman is in danger of becoming like those who have been running Hopewell into the ground. I don't know if Cloninger is the answer, but Newman needs to go.
Hopewell working girl

AOL

#32 Sep 25, 2013
Petersburg Lawyer wrote:
Check your facts and HWG both better go do research. Cloninger was never a prosecutor in the Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. He was a third year law school intern there and the most he tried was a traffic case. GOG is right, Cloninger has absolutely no criminal experience period. All he has ever done is land law and some civil work and he is not very good at either one of those.
He has been a criminal defense attorney for thirty years in Prince George County Court system. Get YOUR facts straight, Lawyer.
Oh Please

Hopewell, VA

#33 Sep 25, 2013
Research on the real estate assessor office shows Cloninger has property in Hopewell but receives his tax bills in Prince George Va.
Wonder if his property on Baxter Rd. is being visited ? As for case info, just check Va courts or courthouse, takes time but see the cases he handles.
Wonder if he would be willing to show his water, cable, electric bill address.
So if he is lying about where he is living, then should we trust him as a C.A.
If Newman is a sexual harasser, then why has anyone press charges.
As I remember a lot of Hopewell polices wrote a letter last election in support of Newman. Don't hear any negative or disgruntle cops now.
Also doesn't Cloninger have a son on the HPD, I don't think he would be able to hear his cases if CA. Just a thought, so Cloninger if your on here answer please to sit the record straight.
HWS

Alexandria, VA

#34 Sep 25, 2013
Roz wrong again......
Hopewell working girl

AOL

#35 Sep 26, 2013
Oh please, it does not matter that Cloninger's son works on the police force--that is not a conflict of interest. It would be a conflict of interest if his son was a criminal defense lawyer. Also, there are many reasons why a person would not file charges against Newman for sexual harassment. Did it dawn on you that Newman would be the prosecutor if a complaint was filed? Get a clue. Also, I worked in the Prince George County clerk's office for years and personally witnessed Cloninger trying numerous criminal cases. So the fact of the matter is that Cloninger has practiced on both sides of the courtroom--both prosecution and criminal defense. As for where Cloninger receives his bills, that does not mean he lives there. He actually lives in Hopewell. The bottom line is that Cloninger is highly qualified for the position of Commonwealth's attorney and has a residence in and numerous other ties to the Hopewell community.
Petersburg Lawyer

Hopewell, VA

#36 Sep 26, 2013
Working Girl or whoever GOB you are, you need to check your facts, in fact go check court records. I have defended criminal cases for over 40 years in every court in the tri-cities and I have never seen Cloninger do any criminal cases in Prince George or any where else. The most he does is attempts to buffoon his way through a traffic case and his client usually comes out the worst for it. Oh Please is correct in that every case Cloninger's son is involved in Cloninger would have to get a special prosecutor which is a huge inconvenience to everyone in the court system as well as extra expense for the tax payer.
Lifetime Hopewellian

Hopewell, VA

#37 Sep 26, 2013
Parapidemos, please tell us what supporters he has dropped charges for. Newman treats everyone fairly whether they are friend or foe. As far as politicizing the office, you must be one of the GOBs cowering in the shadows. Every time he goes after you and your corruption all of you scream he has politicized the office. Go back and cower in the shadows where you belong.
Hopewell working girl

AOL

#38 Sep 26, 2013
Petersburg Lawyer wrote:
Working Girl or whoever GOB you are, you need to check your facts, in fact go check court records. I have defended criminal cases for over 40 years in every court in the tri-cities and I have never seen Cloninger do any criminal cases in Prince George or any where else. The most he does is attempts to buffoon his way through a traffic case and his client usually comes out the worst for it. Oh Please is correct in that every case Cloninger's son is involved in Cloninger would have to get a special prosecutor which is a huge inconvenience to everyone in the court system as well as extra expense for the tax payer.
First of all, I am not a GOB. Second of all, I would know better than you who did criminal cases in Prince George court system. Just because you have practiced law in various jurisdictions does not mean that you know what has been going on in other courts when you are not there and it certainly does not mean that you know what was going on in Prince George courts on a day to day basis. I have witnessed it on a daily basis with my own two eyes, Cloninger has tried numerous criminal cases. YOU are the one who needs to do the research to know what YOU are talking about. Cloninger has been doing criminal defense law for nearly thirty years in the Prince George courts. I do not have to check any records. I was in the courtroom making those records on a daily basis. You are just trying to mislead the public in hopes that they will support Newman. Cloninger is highly qualified and is the best candidate.
Truth

Colonial Heights, VA

#39 Sep 26, 2013
Hopewell Working Girl: You hit the nail on the head! They are trying to misled the public BUT the truth ALWAYS prevails. I hope for the sake of the City of Hopewell the RIGHT candidate is elected. Rick Newman does not even interact with the citizens in Hopewell. Sad thing, half of the City does not even know who our Commonwealth's Attorney is. He made promises to make a better relationship with the citizens, and he has not followed through. Along with many other promises that were never kept. Cloninger is the right choice! Vote Cloninger!
GI Joe

Ellicott City, MD

#40 Sep 26, 2013
Who cares who wins? Hopewell is a ghetto. Harvey Dent & Batman couldn't save that place.

Someone should place a call with the League of Shadows.
Observer

Hopewell, VA

#41 Sep 27, 2013
The Newman camp is trying to cast an image on Cloninger as having no criminal law experience and being a Good Ole Boy. Neither one is accurate. Cloninger started off in the Petersburg prosecutor's office and has many years of criminal defense experience. He has defended some people I know of. Newman won the last election because it was Sylvester and the Good Ole Boys versus Newman and the people. The dynamics of this election are different. The difference is that Cloninger is not a Good Ole Boy. In fact he worked at Hercules plant for years and is a working man himself. He will represent the people. In addition he graduated from Hopewell High School and has a longstanding background in Hopewell. Don't let the Newman camp pull the wool over your eyes. Cloninger is experienced in the criminal law and will represent the people. See through the falsehoods the Newman camp is trying to project. Vote for Cloninger, a vote for the people!

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