Caldwell is running for official re-election
His official: Donald Caldwell issued a press release announcing that he is seeking re-election as Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Roanoke in November. Caldwell points to his 40 years of experience, also noting what he says is the financial mismanagement of his Democratic opponent, Melvin Hill. Caldwell is running as an independent candidate.
(full release) This written press release will serve as an official announcement that I am seeking my re-election as Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Roanoke for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2022. Early voting will begin September 17, 2021 and until October 30, 2021. The general election will be held on November 2, 2021. For more than forty years, the voters of Roanoke City have placed their confidence in my ability to exercise the functions, responsibilities and management of this office with professionalism, honesty and integrity. I believe these abilities include good judgment, common sense, proven managerial skills, and a commitment to financial responsibility in all aspects of my life, both public and private. I have tried to lead by example and have always tried to avoid discrediting the City because the reputation of a city is not higher than the reputation of the people elected to represent it.
As a candidate for re-election to a position I have held for almost forty-two years, the obvious question is “Why am I a candidate?” 1) First of all, as I did when I decided to run for 2017, I run because I feel obligated to give all voters – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – the choice of decide who will be the next Commonwealth prosecutor in town. The city’s next Commonwealth attorney should be decided by the voters, not by a political committee clearly willing to embrace a candidate without consideration or question. The bottom line is: if I don’t show up, the job will go to this candidate by default. 2) Second, I come forward because I continue to be motivated to serve in a capacity where I believe my actions and decisions are making a positive difference in our community. The fundamental role of the Commonwealth Prosecutor is to seek justice for all parties involved in a criminal case. Sometimes that means a ruling that criminal charges are not appropriate. Sometimes that means reducing crimes to misdemeanors. Sometimes it’s about putting people on probation or in drug court. In some cases, this means asking that people be incarcerated for appropriate periods of time. Whatever the situation, my philosophy of pursuit is to treat people as I would expect to be treated if I were in the same situation.
3) Third, I introduce myself because the elected Commonwealth Prosecutor is not only a lawyer, but also the manager of a team of twenty-three people as well as the financial administrator of a budget that exceeds two million dollars. dollars per year. As stated by The Roanoke Times and The Roanoke Rambler, my opponent has a long history of financial mismanagement and judgment to include several bankruptcies and civil lawsuits. He has not been able to successfully manage a small office, let alone one of the largest law firms in the city of Roanoke. 4) Fourth, I am running because I believe that if one is looking for a position that requires law enforcement, one should follow the law itself. Eleven years of deliberate decisions not to pay federal income taxes (1995, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and four years of non-payment of federal taxes for your employees (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) are not compatible with good judgment, financial responsibility or legal integrity. 5) Fifth, I introduce myself because I continue to appreciate the work itself as well than the people I see on a daily basis – my staff, defense attorneys, clerks, judges, police officers, deputy sheriffs, probation officers and the general public to name just a few of the hundreds of people who interact with this desktop. Every day is different and presents different challenges to overcome. As someone once said to me, “If you like this, it’s not work.
6) Finally, I run because there is more that I would like to accomplish. I would like to see the completion of the relocation of part of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to the former Oliver Hill Justice Center Law Library space. I would like to be involved in the conclusion of the two special prosecutions my office is handling – the Virginia Beach voter petition fraud case and the Bristol police shooting. In addition, I intend to establish a senior fraud and abuse position within the office as this is an area that will be subject to more scrutiny as as our population continues to age. the most qualified candidate available. My opponent’s career is riddled with ongoing financial problems, poor decision-making and disregard of his obligations under the law. There is the old adage “You get what you pay for”. In November, Roanoke City voters will get what they vote for.