Two more Democrats have taken steps to run for state attorney general next year.
Former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax of Annandale announced his candidacy in a press release today. And Mike Signer, who made an unsuccessful bid for the party’s lieutenant governor nomination in 2009, also has filed to run for attorney general, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
State Sen. Mark Herring, D-Loudoun County, already has announced plans to run for attorney general. Earlier today, his campaign issued a news release touting a long list of endorsements from Democratic elected officials in the state, including fellow senators John Edwards of Roanoke and Phillip Puckett of Russell County.
Fairfax served as a federal prosecutor in the Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to his news release.He also has worked as a legislative staffer for former U.S. Sen. John Edwards and was a personal assistant to Edwards when the North Carolina senator was running for vice president in 2004.
Fairfax said he is running because “Virginians deserve an attorney general with law enforcement experience who will protect them and provide a fresh start free of the same old politics of the past.”
The incumbent attorney general, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, will run for governor next year. Three Republicans have announced bids for the office: Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle County, state Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg and Fairfax County Circuit Court Clerk John Frey.
– Michael Sluss