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October 16, 2019
Contact: Friends of Robert Tracci

Tracci Calls on Opponent to Face Albemarle Voters

October 16, 2019

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA -- Earlier today, Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney re-election candidate Robert Tracci called on his opponent to agree to a debate in Albemarle County to discuss his views about the office he seeks. In a letter to his opponent, retired public defender and adjunct law professor Jim Hingeley, Tracci cited Hingeley's decision to skip an Albemarle County candidates forum in Scottsville yesterday. Tracci also raised concern about the failure of the Hingeley campaign to agree to debate in an Albemarle setting that would ensure the decorum and civility expected by Albemarle County residents.

Early in September, Tracci reached out to the League of Women Voters and asked they host a forum for Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney candidates. Out of respect for Albemarle voters qualified to vote in the upcoming election, Tracci expressed a preference for a meeting location in the County of Albemarle. In recent days, it became clear that Indivisible Charlottesville and other Charlottesville-based activist groups supporting the Hingeley campaign were planning to disrupt the candidate forum which had been planned by the League of Women Voters. In his letter, Tracci wrote: "While the[se] tactics are widespread in the City of Charlottesville, they have no place in the County of Albemarle or in Albemarle candidate forums."

Tracci urged the Hingeley campaign to agree to a debate at Thomson Hall Lodge 5 in Albemarle County to give Albemarle voters additional insight into his opponent's views of the role, function, and law enforcement obligations of the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Tracci thanked the League of Women Voters for attempting to organize the forum, and welcomed their assistance in scheduling Tracci's proposed debate in Albemarle County.