FAQs

Why are you running for Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney?

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We are privileged to call Albemarle home.  People expect their Commonwealth's Attorney to be tough and fair. They expect their Commonwealth's Attorney to vigorously prosecute crime while respecting the principles of justice and fairness that set the American system of justice above all others. If elected, I will be tough and fair. And I will uphold the principles that should define a Commonwealth's Attorney: integrity, judgment and fairness. 

What priorities would you focus on if elected?

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I would seek to uphold confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice and to keep our community safe by prosecuting violent offenders, child predators, criminal gangs, and other threats to public safety. Read more about my priorities.

How has your experience prepared you to lead the Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney's Office?

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As Special Assistant United States Attorney based in Charlottesville, I helped prosecute a broad of criminal offenses, including crimes against children, financial services fraud, computer crimes, public corruption, witness tampering, murder for hire, and obstruction of justice. In addition to prosecuting federal law, I prosecuted violations of Virginia law in federal lands located within the Western District of Virginia. As a federal prosecutor, I was trained to respect the integrity of the criminal justice system, and to adhere strictly to the constitutional rights of criminal defendants. I will bring a commitment to be fair and tough to the Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. After graduating from law school in 1999, I served as Counsel, Chief Legislative and Parliamentarian to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. In this position, I drafted and helped secure passage of key initiatives, including child protection, criminal justice reform, and national security legislation. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice, I supervised a team of lawyers in advancing the interests of the Department securing passage of key child protection and national security legislation. My commitment to public service, prosecutorial and leadership experience will supplement the experienced lawyers and staff of the Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Read more about my background.

Should humility and civility be attributes of the Commonwealth's Attorney?

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Yes. The Virginia Constitution and Rules of Professional Responsibility establish a special role for prosecutors. Their role is to pursue justice, not merely to win. If elected, I will bring integrity, judgment and fairness to this important position and never lose sight of my constitutional and legal obligations.

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