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Video: Packed House at Arlington Dems Meeting for Commonwealth’s Attorney Debate

Clearly, there is a great deal of interest in/passion about this race...unlike any other Commonwealth's Attorney election I can recall.

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See below for video of tonight’s Arlington County Democratic Committee debate for the Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney position, with incumbent Theo Stamos vs. challenger Parisa Tafti. The debate was “lively,” as they say, with some intense exchanges, an at-times rowdy crowd, and with coverage of a wide range of issues related to criminal justice and the Commonwealth’s Attorney job. It’s fascinating how this race is getting so much attention this year, when in previous years there was almost no attention paid to it. To me, that’s a great thing, as citizens absolutely should think through what they want from their criminal justice system in general, and their Commonwealth’s Attorney specifically. With that…here’s the video. Enjoy!

P.S. Great job by the moderator, Krysta Jones!

Theo Stamos Opening Statement

Parisa Tafti Opening Statement

Keeping Guns Out of the Schools

Voting Rights for Convicted Felons

Views on Redemption

Death Penalty

Data Collection in Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office

School-to-Prison Pipeline?

1999 Case Involving Students Putting Hand Sanitizer in Teacher’s Water

Not Tough Enough of Too Tough on Crime?

Opioid Epidemic

Mental Health Court

Building Bridges with Other Components of Criminal Justice System

Racial Profiling Problem?

Most Important Challenges Facing the Arlington Criminal Justice System?

Improving Diversion Programs

Prosecutorial Discretion

Compliment Your Opponent

Theo Stamos Closing Statement

Parisa Tafti Closing Statement

Crowd Applauding at End of Debate