Albemarle County gets two new candidates

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two Albemarle candidates for public office officially kicked off their campaigns on Wednesday.

The first is Jim Hingeley who is running for Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney. The trial lawyer practiced for 40 years. He started the Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender's office and served as the lead public defender for 18 years.

He received the University of Virginia's School of Law Shaping Justice Lifetime Achievement award in 2017 and the Virginia Bar Association's Pro Bono public service award in 2014.

He says current Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci isn't doing enough to stop criminals from reoffending.

"He's not taking the real opportunities that exist to treat offenders in a way that solves problems," said Hingeley. "That makes them less likely to reoffend in the future."

Hingeley also says he is against the death penalty and will not seek it in any case he prosecutes.

Bea Lapisto Kirtley announced her candidacy to succeed retiring Albemarle County Board of Supervisors member Norman Dill. She will be in a June primary battle against another Democrat, Jerrod Smith.

Kirtley is a 12-year resident of Keswick and she says bringing the latest technology, especially to rural areas of Albemarle County, is at the top of her list.

"In the Rivanna District, there are people who do not have good reliable Internet service, we need to bring that to them," Kirtley Said.

The Democrat also says she wants to work on improving transportation in the county and health care. The Virginia native is a former city councilor and mayor of Bradbury, California.

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