Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Candidates Forum
Candidates running for two constitutional offices in Charlottesville faced off on the issues Saturday. The Charlottesville Democratic Committee held two candidate forums at CitySpace.
Steve Deaton and Dave Chapman, the primary candidates for the commonwealth's attorney job, talked about issues such as overcrowding at the regional jail, diversity in the office, and restoration of rights for felons.
Deaton said, "I think too many people are being convicted of felonies for non-violent crimes, for crimes that are not serious, crimes that can be treated as misdemeanors, and the commonwealth's attorney has that power."
Chapman said, "What we can do is enable rights to be restored upon completion of probation as a systematic method of proceeding, so when someone has completed probation, they've completed their sentence, they're eligible to have their rights restored."
Todd D. Divers and Jonathan Stevens, the primary candidates for the city's commissioner of the revenue position, also took part in a forum.
Former City Council member and current Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner John Conover moderated the forums.