Race for Commonwealth's Attorney

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

October 4, 2007

In the race for Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney, incumbent Jim Camblos is being challenged by Denise Lunsford.

Thursday night was a chance for the pair to explain why they should get the votes on election day.

Lunsford hopes to change the office's image. "There are issues that I've heard about over the past six months regarding victims and the treatment of victims," she said. "There are concerns that I have, and that others have about who to prosecute and which cases to take to trial."

This year's race marks the first time Camblos has been challenged since the mid 1990s. He's drawing on his 16 years of experience in the position of Commonwealth's Attorney to gain the support of voters.

"We're doing a good job. We've got a great office," said Camblos. "As I go door-to-door I'm hearing from lots of people in the county (saying) 'we appreciate what you do for us Mr. Camblos, we appreciate that office, you all have got a great office, a great staff you are responsive to the people of the county.' I hear it everyday as I go door to door."

But Lunsford, who has years of legal experience herself, is calling for change.

"The office should be so much more than about prosecuting crimes," said Lunsford. "It should be about ways to stop crime in our community before it starts. That's more than just going to meetings, that's more than talking to people."

Both candidates have received endorsements from numerous individuals and groups, but Camblos says one of his endorsements in particular is especially telling.

"The entire police department , the sergeants, and below are signed on to my website endorsing me and wanting me to be the prosecutor. That speaks volumes," said Camblos.

Both candidates also said they would work to help prevent crimes against the elderly and children. They also both say they are for expanding the drug court program, if the need arises. It's a program that cracks down on drug users who steal.

The deadline to register to vote in this year's election is Tuesday, October 9th. Election Day is November 6th.

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