“No Virginia Attorney General in recent memory has made such a positive difference in the lives of ordinary people”

LEESBURG, Va. – Today, the Washington Post Editorial Board announced its endorsement of Mark Herring in Virginia’s 2021 Democratic Primary for Attorney General. The endorsement solidifies the two-term Attorney General as the clear frontrunner, who is making a positive difference for Virginians, and the best candidate to defeat Trumpian, anti-healthcare, anti-choice Republican nominee Jason Miyares in November.  The editorial board writes:

In the attorney general’s contest, our pick is the eight-year incumbent, Mark R. Herring, whose bold progressive record has been instrumental in reversing the state’s hidebound opposition to abortion rights, same-sex marriage and access to affordable education at state-supported colleges for undocumented students who grow up in the commonwealth. No Virginia attorney general in recent memory has made such a positive difference in the lives of ordinary people. 

Mr. Herring, 59, faces a promising young opponent in Del. Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones, a bright Norfolk attorney who, four years ago, won a House of Delegates seat once held by his father. Mr. Jones is 32 years old, just six years out of law school; credit him with ambition for seeking an office with almost 300 attorneys, more than nearly every law firm in the state.

His campaign is based on what he calls his “lived experience” as a Black man, and his contention that Mr. Herring, who is White, has been too cautious in pressing for criminal justice reforms. In fact, Mr. Herring, facing a GOP-dominated General Assembly for the first six years of his term, could hardly have done more. When Democrats took control of both legislative chambers last year, he quickly asked for, and got, legislation empowering his office to investigate local police departments for systematic civil rights offenses. Few attorneys general nationally have been so ambitious.

Read the full endorsement article here.