Democratic commonwealth's attorney candidate Buta Biberaj defeated Republican Nicole Wittmann, claiming 53,684 votes (49.5%) to Wittmann's 51,476 (47.5%) with 99 percent of vote reported.
A 23-year Dulles resident, this was Biberaj's first bid for public office. She is a partner at the Leesburg law firm of Biberaj Snow & Sinclair. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States and all state and appellate courts in Virginia, Maryland and New York. She received an undergraduate degree in education from George Mason University and her juris doctorate from the Antonin Scalia School of Law.
"Our vision has always been to have safety," Biberaj said at the Democrats' victory party on Tuesday. "In addition to safety, we have to remember that justice is the first and most promised thing we do in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. That is what I promise I will bring to you. This is a new day for Loudoun County, and I am so proud of the trust that you’ve put in me."
A New York City native, Biberaj said she saw first-hand the inequities of the legal system. Her decision to become a lawyer was always with the intent to “change the world for the better,” according to her announcement.
In 2006, she was appointed a substitute judge for the 20th Judicial District. During her 11 years on the bench, she presided over hundreds of criminal and civil cases.
Wittmann previously served as deputy commonwealth's attorney and was sworn in as the first female commonwealth's attorney for Loudoun County on Oct. 31. She assumed the post after former commonwealth's attorney Jim Plowman (R) assumed his Circuit Court judgeship. Wittmann will serve as commonwealth's attorney until Jan. 1, 2020.
Times-Mirror reporters John Battiston and Nathaniel Cline contributed to this report.