A month after her boss was tapped by the General Assembly to take a Circuit Court judgeship starting this fall, Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Wittmann announced Friday she will seek to take his job.
“I have been a prosecutor for 25 years and have spent the last 15 years working with Jim Plowman to keep families in Loudoun County safe,” Wittmann stated in her announcement. “I have spent my entire career protecting women, children and all members of our community from crime and look forward to continuing to serve Loudoun County as the Commonwealth’s Attorney. I am running for Commonwealth’s Attorney in an effort to continue to keep Loudoun County the safe and family-oriented community that it has always been and to continue my work of ensuring that victims have a voice and are heard in the criminal justice system.”
She is the first Republican to step into the race. Leesburg attorney Buta Biberaj is seeking the Democratic nomination.
Wittmann said she has devoted the majority of her time to prosecuting violent criminals, specializing in the prosecution of crimes against women and children including sex crimes, domestic violence, child abuse, child exploitation, and cases of child pornography. She was the lead prosecutor in the case against Braulio Castillo, the Ashburn executive who murdered his wife and then staged it to look like a suicide. Wittmann said she has been on the cutting edge of prosecutions involving highly complex forensic science such as DNA, blood splatter, and cell phone tracking evidence.
In her announcement, Wittmann also highlighted her support for criminal justice reforms.
“I have always believed that while there are violent people who need to be kept away from society, the majority of people who offend are involved in the criminal justice system due to addiction, mental health issues or socio-economic issues,” she stated. “I am proud of my office’s involvement in efforts to address those issues such as Mental Health Court, Drug Court, the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, and the Overdose Response Unit.”
Wittmann graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Wittmann moved to Northern Virginia in 1998. She is married to Joseph Langone, an attorney and a member of the United States’ Coast Guard Auxiliary. They have two sons.