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Warner David "Dave" Chapman is a graduate of the U.Va School of Law and has been the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Charlottesville since 1994.
Chapman declined to run for re-election in 2017, saying he "doesn't want to be that person who stayed too long."
Chapman's first election in Charlottesville was a defeat of Steve Deaton for the Democratic party's nomination in the 1993 caucus. He won office with no general election opponent. Chapman ran unopposed until the the 2013 Democratic primary, when Chapman again defeated Deaton. 
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