Amy Ashworth on Election Day Nov. 5

Commonwealth's Attorney Amy Ashworth talks with a voter outside the McCoart building polling place on Election Day Nov. 5. (file)

Democratic candidate Amy Ashworth appears to have defeated her GOP opponent Mike May to become Prince William County’s top prosecutor.  

Current Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert, the longest serving in Virginia, is retiring after serving in office for 52 years. Ebert is also a Democrat.

With 83.81 percent of the county's precincts reporting, Ashworth is leading her Republican opponent Mike May with 57.98 percent of the vote, compared to May's 41.99 percent, according to unofficial election results published by the Virginia Public Access Project.

Ashworth is a former Prince William County prosecutor who worked as a prosecutor in Ebert’s special victims’ unit for 10 years. 

Ashworth ran on a progressive platform to reform the county’s cash bail system and make the office’s hiring practices more diverse. Ashworth also advocated for ending the county’s partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

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