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Obenshain Announces Attorney General Candidacy

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Virginia's 26th District Senator Mark Obenshain will officially seek nomination for attorney general in 2013.  The Harrisonburg Republican announced his candidacy Tuesday morning at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

Obenshain joins 58th District Delegate Rob Bell in the fight for the Republican nomination.  It's the same nomination his father, Richard Obenshain, sought in 1969.

It was that family political legacy Obenshain focused on during much of his kickoff speech.  After his father's death in a plane crash in 1978, Obenshain came across a note on his late father's desk that he says still defines his political life.  Obenshain says that mandate of expanding freedom will be the underlying tone as he seeks his party's nomination in 2013.

"The principles I think are timeless, and as I travel the state I tell this story with great frequency about the goal that he embraced and that I embrace - the goal of preserving and expanding the realm of freedom and the life of this country," he said.

Obenshain also says he will run on a platform of strong bipartisanship.  Now, the race begins.

This year, the party nomination for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general will be decided at the party's 2013 convention.  That will take place next summer

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