ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci is on the campaign trail, speaking to voters about why he deserves a shot to represent the community for another four years. On Monday night, he spoke to the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP.

Tracci, who is running as a Republican, is being challenged by Jim Hingeley - a Democrat who is a former public defender and current UVA professor. Even though each candidate carries a party affiliation, Tracci stressed tonight that his position is not a political one.

He told NAACP members about his recent experiences working across the aisle with Democratic Delegate David Toscano to get new legislation passed in the general assembly. Tracci advocated for allowing law enforcement the ability to freeze the bank accounts of victims of elder abuse before more money was withdrawn illegally.

He also supported expanding the state's DNA collection policy. He says he does not serve a political party but rather represents all victims and seeks to bring them justice.

“Anytime someone running for commonwealth’s attorney attaches an ideological adjective to the office of commonwealth’s attorney, he or she is doing violence to the notion of equal justice under law, he or she is politicizing law enforcement in a way that erodes confidence in the fair administration of justice,” said Tracci.

Tracci also helped the Charlottesville-Albemarle County community form a mental health docket, which diverts people from suffering mental illness from normal court proceedings.

This is a practice Tracci's opponent Hingeley also says he supports. Hingeley was also invited to speak at Monday night's meeting but was unable to attend due to a prior commitment. Both candidates are expected to take part in a series of debates throughout the fall, including next month's NAACP meeting.