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Walther seeks top prosecutor job in Culpeper County

Paul Walther
When the Culpeper County Republican Committee held their third annual Ronald Reagan Legacy dinner Feb. 6 Paul Walther was there. He came into the room smiling, confident and with a hand outstretched to many in the room who knew him. “I’m definitely planning to run,” said Walther who was serving as interim commonwealth attorney in 2012 when he lost the election to Megan Revis Frederick. He doesn’t want that to happen again.

He wants to be the next Culpeper Commonwealth's Attorney and formally announced his candidacy in November's election.

While a Culpeper resident, Walther is currently serving in Fauquier's commonwealth attorney's office as the senior assistant.

“Culpeper is my family's home and I am concerned about the safety of this community,” he said in a news release announcing his candidacy Monday. “Having served as Culpeper's Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for over a decade and later as Culpeper's Commonwealth's Attorney, I have had extensive on-the-job training in all aspects of the Commonwealth's Attorney's job and I am confident that I possess both the prosecution and management skills required to succeed in that office.”

Walther said prosecutions are taking too long in Culpeper and that a backlog of cases has been building.

“Not only does that jeopardize citizen safety, but it is also costing Culpeper taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars while we wait for cases to go forward or be dropped,” he said.

Walther also said that the current commonwealth's attorney in Culpeper has “alienated” the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

The candidate also claimed that relations between the Culpeper commonwealth's attorney's office and law enforcement are strained.

Russell Rabb was with Walther at the same function. There had been speculation that Rabb, who lives in Culpeper, but also works as a senior assistant in the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney office, would seek the position himself but that has changed. Rabb is throwing his support behind his colleague Paul Walther. “There needs to be a change and Paul is the man to do that,” said Rabb that evening.
Other names are surfacing to run against Frederick. At this writing, they include Chris Martin, Kevin Smith and Monica Chernin.

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