Press Release: Herring Announces Endorsements From 43 Sheriffs

24 Independent Sheriffs, Including 11 Who Endorsed Republican Nominee in 2013, Among Those Backing Herring for Reelection

Richmond – Today, Attorney General Mark Herring’s campaign announced endorsements from 43 Virginia sheriffs, including 24 Independents, 11 of whom endorsed the Republican candidate for Attorney General, State Senator Mark Obenshain, over then-State Senator Herring during the 2013 campaign. The sheriffs endorsing Herring today represent localities in every corner of the Commonwealth, including in jurisdictions that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump in the 2016 election.

 “Building safer and stronger communities has been my top priority as Attorney General, and I’m honored to have the support of these outstanding sheriffs who work tirelessly to protect their communities and to keep Virginians and their families safe,” stated Attorney General Herring. “I’m so proud of the work we’ve been able to do together to address the heroin and opioid crisis, transform the way we respond to sexual and domestic violence, and combat gang violence and human trafficking. I’m looking forward to building on this progress and continuing to work together to tackle our emerging public safety challenges in my next term.”

 “Attorney General Herring has helped lead the response to Virginia’s heroin and opioid epidemic, working together with sheriffs and law enforcement to crack down on dealers and traffickers who profit off addiction and threaten Virginians’ lives. Mark Herring understands the public safety threats we face, and I trust him to continue working to keep Virginia families safe.”  – Sheriff L. W. “Lenny” Millholland, Frederick County (I)   

 “Attorney General Herring and his team listen to law enforcement and they respond by giving us the tools we need to combat Virginia’s toughest public safety issues and keep communities safe. Building safer, stronger communities has always been his top priority, and I’m proud to endorse Mark Herring’s campaign for reelection as Attorney General.” – Sheriff Carlos Turner, Surry County (I)

 “When Attorney General Herring sees a problem, he goes right to work to try and fix it. When he took office, he put a strategy in place to address our heroin and opioid crisis, and he’s worked together with law enforcement to crack down on dealers and traffickers. He’s also beefed up awareness and prevention which are key elements, particularly in Southwest Virginia. I’m supporting Mark Herring because I know under his leadership we will continue to make progress.” – Sheriff Fred P. Newman, Washington County (D)

 “Sheriffs and law enforcement in Virginia can count on Attorney General Herring to be an ally and partner. Whether it’s combating the heroin and opioid epidemic, gang violence, or human trafficking, Mark Herring listens, he takes action, and he gets results.” – Sheriff Anthony W. “Tony” Roper, Clarke County (D)

“Attorney General Herring has been relentless in pursuing a comprehensive strategy to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. He understands that this is an ‘all hands on deck’ moment, which is why he’s worked so closely with sheriffs and with law enforcement to respond to this crisis and help save lives.” – Sheriff Beth Arthur, Arlington County (D)

The following sheriffs are endorsing Attorney General Mark Herring’s reelection:

** Denotes Obenshain endorser in 2013


Timothy A. Allen, Roanoke City (D)

H. E. “Bucky” Allin, III, Prince George County (I) **

Mark A. Amos, Orange County (I)**

Beth Arthur, Arlington County (D)      

C. O. Balderson, Westmoreland County (D)  

Joe Baron, Norfolk (D)

S. Stephen Bittle, Falls Church (D)

Christopher Blalock, Rockbridge County (I)     

Sam C. Brown, Emporia (I)        

James E. Brown, III, Charlottesville (D)

John R. Charboneau, King and Queen County (I)**

Vanessa R. Crawford, Petersburg (D)  

Steve M. Draper, Martinsville (I)           

Steven L. Dye, Russell County (D)

Kevin Hall, Alleghany County (I)**

W. Randolph Hamilton, Jr., Buena Vista (I)**

Roger L. Harris, Spotsylvania County (I)**

Paul Higgs, Fredericksburg (I)**

Darrell L. Hodges, Cumberland County (I)

William T. “Tim” Jarratt, Jr., Greensville County (I) **

Thomas D. Jones, Charlotte County (I)**

Alan M. Jones, Sr, Charles City County (I)

Stacey A. Kincaid, Fairfax County (D)

Dana A. Lawhorne, Alexandria (D)  

A. A. “Tony” Lippa, Caroline County (I)**

Mark A. Marshall, Isle of Wight County (I)**

L. W. “Lenny” Millholland, Frederick County (I)       

Michael Mondul, Danville (I)

Gabe A. Morgan, Newport News (D)  

David Neil, Highland County (I)   

Fred P. Newman, Washington County (D)  

W. Q. “Bill” Overton, Jr., Franklin County (I) **

W. John Puckett, Scott County (D)   

Wesley W. Reed, Prince Edward County (D)

B. J. Roberts, Hampton (D)     

Anthony W. “Tony” Roper, Clarke County (D)      

B. C. “Chip” Shuler, Smyth County (D)

Stephan B. Smith, Richmond County (I)

Arthur Townsend Jr., Lunenburg County (I)

Carlos Turner, Surry County (I)        

Ernest “E. W.” Viar, Jr,  Amherst County (I)     

Jack Weisenburger, Bristol (D)

C. T. Woody, Jr., Richmond City (D)

Attorney General Herring has worked hand-in-hand with Virginia sheriffs to combat the heroin and opioid crisis with a comprehensive approach that includes tough enforcement against dealers and traffickers, along with education and prevention initiatives, and legislation, like his bill authorizing sheriff’s deputies to carry and administer naloxone, a lifesaving anti-overdose medication.

Attorney General Herring hired the state’s first local jail re-entry coordinator to help Virginia sheriffs start or strengthen re-entry programs that can prevent re-offending by individuals leaving jails, saving taxpayers money and making communities safer. He has also worked with sheriffs to expand the Triad program, a partnership between local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s Office to help protect Virginia seniors from crime, fraud, and financial exploitation.

Sheriffs have been key partners in Attorney General Herring’s efforts to clear out a three-decade old backlog of untested rape kits, and to make 21st century police training, like implicit bias mitigation, more widely available to Virginia law enforcement.

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