ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The race for Albemarle County's Commonwealth's Attorney ended with the challenger defeating the incumbent.
Jim Hingeley beat Robert Tracci, notching another win for the Democrats in a night that saw Democrats win big across the Commonwealth.
Hingeley arrived at Three Notch'd Brewing for his victory party and was greeted by a raucous crowd celebrating his win.
"You know I ran a very clear campaign, I want to take our criminal justice system in a different direction," said Hingeley, the Commonwealth's Attorney-elect. "This is an opportunity and what I really like about this election is that the voters had a clear choice."
Hingeley will take office in January.
Tracci released the following statement on Wednesday: It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney over the last four years. I am proud of my record of service to our community, including enhanced efforts to prosecute violent criminals, those who prey on our children and the elderly, human traffickers, criminal gangs, sexual assault, domestic violence, and other threats to Albemarle County citizens. These accomplishments were made possible by the outstanding work of support staff and attorneys in this office, and the dedication of law enforcement partners with whom it has been a privilege to serve.
I am also proud of our efforts to seek lawful alternatives for non-violent offenders, including helping establish the Therapeutic Mental Health Docket and increasing Albemarle participation in Drug Court. Finally, I am proud of our efforts to seek bipartisan enhancement to Virginia law, including enhancing the DNA databank and helping enact new statutory tools to fight elder abuse and exploitation.
Finally, I am very proud of my campaign for re-election, its emphasis on the importance of a non-partisan approach to law enforcement, the importance of giving voice and dignity to victims of crime, honoring the oath to support our laws and Constitution, and respecting the separation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. I am deeply grateful for the bipartisan support from community leaders that affirmed the nonpartisan approach I have taken to this office. This office and the law enforcement community must remain above politics. While our campaign did not prevail in this election, these foundational principles must and shall endure far beyond it.
I wish to thank the citizens of Albemarle County for the privilege of serving and thank our law enforcement community for its dedication and professionalism. I wish my opponent every success and look forward to a smooth transition that places the interests of Albemarle County citizens first.