Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
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The Attorney General of the State, Mark Herring, candidate to the governor of Virginia in 2021


RICHMOND – Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will seek to become governor in 2021, attempting to use his pole as the best state advocate as a stepping stone for the executive mansion. Herring, a Democrat who surprised many by winning the 2017 Governor's Run, has quietly spread the word to allies and donors in recent weeks. He confirmed his plans to the Washington Post on Friday. "Our work to reduce gun violence, protect health care and roll back the Trump administration has been one of the most important jobs I have ever done. It has improved the lives of Virginians in a real and tangible way, "he said in an email. "I have been truly honored to participate in building a safer, stronger, more economically vibrant and inclusive Commonwealth as a County Supervisor, Senator and Attorney General, and I think the best way to continue this work would be as governor. As Attorney General, I still have a lot of work to do, but when the time comes, I'll be ready. A former Senator from the state of Leesburg, Herring, 57, is starting to face fierce competition for the Democratic nomination. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is considered a potential candidate. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and former Congressman Tom Perriello are often mentioned as opportunities. "It's the first. I'm sure he will not be the last, "said John Findlay, spokesman for the Virginia Republican Party. "We are looking forward to a very controversial Democratic primary." Larry Roberts, chair of Fairfax's 2017 campaign, said Fairfax would announce plans "on schedule." "He is currently focusing on preparing for the important session of the 2019 General Assembly, helping Democrats take control of the General Assembly in 2019 and enhance economic security and opportunities for all. the Virginians, "said Roberts in an e-mail.Herring has only just started his second four-year term as Attorney General.We was planning to run for the governorship in the 2017 cycle, but he gave up, avoiding thus a battle for the appointment of his former mate of the Senate seat, then lieutenant.Governor Ralph Northam (D) Northam, who won the governorship against Republican Ed Gillespie last year, declined to comment the situation via Mark Bergman, senior advisor to the governor's political action committee, The Way Ahead PAC. "The governor has a busy plate in front of him," declaimed Bergman: "He has a budget to present, a legislative session before him and legislative elections in the fall. It's hard to comment on a race that will take place in three years. At the start of his first term, Herring mobilized his powers to legalize same-sex marriage, challenge the President's & Trump's immigration ban, and grant certain state tuition fees. illegal immigrants. These moves made him a star on the party's liberal base, but also made him a target of Republican anger. Herring was a candidate for the post of Attorney General in 2013 with the promise to eliminate office politics – a blow against his predecessor GOP, Ken Cuccinelli II, a conservative who had used this post to investigate a university climatologist and oppose the right to abortion. Although Herring claims that all his actions were firmly anchored in the law, critics say he removed the conservative policy from the office and replaced it with a liberal variant. [Va. attorney general to seek re-election, wont’ run for governor in 2017] Herring is doing his job as Democrats take flight in Virginia, the only southern state that Trump lost in 2016. A year later, in a blue wave widely perceived as a Trump reprimand, Northam ran a sweep of three offices The Democrats won 15 seats in the House of Delegates, virtually wiping out the Republicans' advantage in the House. This year, Senator Tim Kaine (D) easily defeated Corey Stewart (R), a Trump-style provocateur, and the Democrats overthrew three congressional seats. Voters in the suburbs are under tension against Republicans, Democrats hope to take control of the House of Delegates and the Senate of the State next November. They only need two seats per room to take control. Republicans have not won statewide elections since 2009. "People said we did not have a good bench in Virginia, but every year we have an increasingly powerful bench made up of very good candidates, "Del said. Mark Sickles (D). "If Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring run, we'll have two great candidates for the Virginians." State Senator L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) applauded Herring's plans, signaling the support of at least some representatives of the legislative party. caucus. Fairfax and Stoney are two young black politicians and the African-American turnout has been a key part of the recent successes of Democrats in Virginia. "I have always appreciated how seriously he takes issues that matter to the African-American community, such as criminal justice reform, the reduction of gun violence and the fight against the rise of motivated crimes." by hatred, "she said. State Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) described herring as "principled and determined. … He has always been considered a rising star. Bob Holsworth, a former political scientist at Virginia Commonwealth University, said Herring needed to make his plan known very early because he was bowing for the last time. "There was some sense that he just might just want to be Attorney General for life," Holsworth said. .

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