Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Candidates Debate Ahead of Election
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The two men vying to be Albemarle County's next commonwealth's attorney are presenting their cases on why they should be elected.
On Thursday night, Robert Tracci and Jim Hingeley squared off in a debate so the community could get to know them better before Election Day next month. Candidates got the chance to state their views on a slew of topics during the debate.
"I'm running because I believe the prosecutor should uphold the law rather than make the law," said current Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci.
"The prosecutor that we have now [is] going in the wrong direction as far as I'm concerned in the criminal justice system so I'm running to correct that," said Tracci's challenger Jim Hingeley.
The Cove Garden Ruritan Club hosted the debate between the Republican incumbent Tracci and Democratic challenger Hingeley. Both candidates discussed police and community relations and their stance on the county's incarceration numbers.
"We have the policies of mass incarceration in Albemarle County and I think we can do better," Hingeley said.
"I'm very happy about my leadership role in creating a therapeutic mental health docket to divert people from the jail system when appropriate also expanding the number of people in the drug court," Tracci said.
Both candidates agreed more needs to be done to help people succeed after serving time.
"I think we all need to do a better job in restoration and re-entry to make sure people have paid their time in jail, paid their dues to society, are given the tools to succeed once they are released from jail," Tracci said.
"I want people to look for ways to keep people in the community and treat them and address the criminal behavior and help them to be successful," Hingeley said.
The deadline to register to vote this year is October 15 and the General Election will be held on November 5.