Attorney General Mark Herring

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) addresses a roundtable in Leesburg in 2018.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is running for reelection, forgoing a gubernatorial bid he’d previously announced.

Herring, a Democrat, declined to comment through a spokesman. But he called several elected officials Wednesday and told him of his plans to run for a third term.

“It’s a good thing he’s decided to remain in public service,” said Del. Charniele Herring, the House majority leader, who said the attorney general informed her Wednesday that he was running again. (Charniele Herring is not related to Herring the attorney general.)

Mark Herring told the Washington Post in 2018 that he was planning to run for governor in the 2021 election.

Herring, a former state senator and Loudoun County supervisor from Leesburg, became attorney general in 2014. He easily won reelection in 2017 as voters unhappy with President Donald Trump gave Democrats a huge boost at the polls.

Herring has been a frequent critic of the president and a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, immigrant-friendly policies and stricter gun control. He was one of three high-ranking Democrats caught up in a wave of scandals last year when he acknowledged he had worn blackface in college.

Since then, Herring has posted lackluster fundraising totals and his future in public office has been unclear. Del. Jay Jones, also a Democrat, has announced plans to run for attorney general.

Jones, who said Herring also called him Wednesday to say he was running for reelection, said voters are looking for new leadership.

“We’re experiencing a moment nationwide that truly represents the urgent need for change and real, diverse representation for every voter in the commonwealth,” Jones said.

Herring’s entrance into the attorney general race raises the possibility that at least two-thirds of the Democratic statewide ticket in 2021 could be a repeat of the 2013 ticket. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe has also indicated he may run for his old job.

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If Trump wins reelection, having a strong resistance at the state level will be crucial to preserving our republic.


Wrong answer. The role of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, not to be a tool to be used by the Democrat party.


Enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth can help prevent lawlessness by the federal government. Trump excels at breaking the law so state law enforcement will be needed to fill the gaps when corresponding federal laws are ignored.


What laws are being broken? You talk in generalities so provide specifics.


I pray every day that Trump will not be re-elected. Every day I fear for the lives of so many people including my own. My family thinks I'm nuts but they don't live in a place where Confederate flags aren't popping up in places where they weren't there before. Someone even said that if a conservative gets killed because they are in the way or acting like a liberal, "oh well." All these people come on this site and accuse people of being "lefties" when they don't know who they are talking to or about or what that person's politics are. It's like you can't be moderate or have a mix of philosophies. Apparently per them, it's all or nothing. (I was going to say black or white, but thought that would just open up a whole new can of worms.) Being upset because someone wants to say an apology about money being spent, just words being said...shouldn't even be an issue. I get it if were wasting our taxpayer dollars, but there are no dollars being spent. Don't these people realize how bad that makes them look, especially when the name calling goes with it. What is really upsetting to me is that some of these people might actually be insulting their neighbors, a co-worker, a friend, or someone that they hold in high regard. I wasn't part of this prior to Trump. Has it always been this way? Wouldn't it be nice if we could celebrate our differences and have reasonable conversations rather than trying to pound your point of view and slinging anger and names at people? It does go both ways, but for some reason, this particular platform seems to be mostly co-opted by "righties," with no tolerance for anyone who isn't like them or believe in what they believe.


The extremist viewpoints got eliminated from the comment section when readers had to pay for a subscription before they could post. If one isn't willing to put even a little money behind their rhetoric, then they will need to write letters to the editor and compete with other LTEs in the hope of getting their opinions into the public square for free.


I have lived in Loudoun for over 15 years and Fairfax before that. I am not sure where you are witnessing a sudden explosion of extremism but I don't see it in Loudoun. In fact where are all these confederate flags you are referring to? I have seen maybe one or two and they have been there for years. I do take issue with your comment that it is mostly 'righties' that name call. I have seen pretty nasty comments from a number of posters on the left side of the spectrum as well. As EdMyers said, maybe now that people have to pay for their subscription the rhetoric will be lowered a bit and real discussion of policy will occur.

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