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Democratic Attorney General Candidate Herring Campaigns in Charlottesville

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Mark Herring, a Democratic candidate for attorney general in Virginia, brought his campaign to Charlottesville Tuesday. He says if he's elected he'll put law first, politics second.

Herring is one of two Democrats running for attorney general. And ahead of next Tuesday's primary to decide which one goes on the November ballot, he's stopping in Charlottesville.

Herring has served in the Virginia Senate since 2006, representing Loudoun and Western Fairfax counties. Now, he's running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

"It's important to have an attorney general who understands, has a deep understanding of state government, and I do," Herring said.

Herring faces former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary. He says his work as an attorney, as a lawmaker in Richmond and on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors before that, gives him more experience than his opponent.

"I've had a general civil law practice for 23 years, I've been a town attorney, I've been a county supervisor, I've spent the last eight years in the state Senate," Herring said.

Herring's big message for voters is that he wants to keep politics out of the attorney general's office.

"I'm running for attorney general to take that kind of politics and ideology out of the office, and I'll put the law first," he said.

Herring says current attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has made ideological decisions while in office, and worries the Republican on the November ticket, Mark Obenshain, might do the same.

"The Republicans have nominated someone who would be just like him, and we cannot afford to have another attorney general like the one we've had," Herring said.

Herring will go head-to-head with Fairfax at the Democratic primary next Tuesday, June 11, and because voter registrars project extremely low turnout, political analysts say it is still anybody's race.

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