In Virginia, Commonwealth’s Attorneys — known as district attorneys in other states — are elected for four-year terms and are in charge of prosecuting criminal and traffic offenses. Clarissa T. Berry is running unopposed for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Madison County.
Berry is the sitting Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney. She has held the position since 2015, when she defeated one opponent in the general election. She ran unopposed for the position again in 2019.
Berry is the only candidate certified by the Virginia Department of Elections, though voters can write in other candidates’ names if they choose.
Berry did not return a questionnaire sent by Charlottesville Tomorrow with questions regarding his office and candidacy.
More links about Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Berry’s campaign contributions from the Virginia Public Access Project
- Story about Berry’s contested Commonwealth’s Attorney race in 2015, for subscribers to The Daily Progress
- Story about Berry arguing that a woman convicted of sex-related felonies should get a long prison sentence the the MadRapp Record
- Story about Berry arguing before lawmakers against a proposed bill that would have made it illegal for police to forge documents used in interrogation, in the MadRapp Record
As you get ready to vote, here are some key dates and links from the Virginia Department of Elections:
Polls in Virginia close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, night. The Virginia Department of Elections will publish election results in real time, as they arrive from precincts around the state. To view them, head to this link. These are unofficial results until they are certified. Here’s more about how to get election results.
- Sept. 22: First day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office.
- Oct. 16: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration. You can also register after this date, and on election day, but you will vote with a provisional ballot, could take longer for officials to count because they will verify your eligibility.
- Oct. 27: Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 p.m.
- Oct. 28: Voter registration offices open for early voting.
- Nov. 4: The last day of in-person early voting at your registrar.
- Nov. 7: Election Day. Here is where you can find your polling place.
Need to know if you’re eligible to vote? Here are resources from the Virginia Department of Elections.