Republican Bethany Harrison makes history as the first woman to be named Commonwealth's Attorney for Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)— Republican Bethany Harrison becomes the first female Commonwealth's Attorney in Lynchburg history. She faced off against Democratic candidate Carlos Hutcherson.

Harrison's victory marks the start of a new Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney for the first time in 11 years, but Harrison is not a new face to the office. She is currently serving as the Chief Deputy to the Commonwealth's Attorney.

"My past experience is crucial to being an effective Commonwealth Attorney. Law enforcement and other attorney's in the office rely on the Commonwealth Attorney to give that advice about how to ensure the integrity about investigations and cases," said Harrison.

Harrison ran her campaign based on that past experience. She has the outgoing Commonwealth Attorney's support.

"It's no secret. I'm a democrat and she's a republican, but you know with this job it is non-partisan. There is no such thing as democratic justice or republican justice. It is just doing the work of justice and I think Bethany, with her experience, will do a fantastic job," said Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Doucette.

Moving forward Harrison recognizes some big issues she will need to tackle.

"Ending the cycle of domestic violence and curbing the cycle of addiction," said Harrison. "These are serious issues that require experience. Requires someone that has experience with community partnerships. Working towards tackling the issues that face our citizens."