2013 Campaign Coverage: 2 Candidates Vie for Democratic Attorney General Seat
The 2013 political season is heating up and the Democratic primaries are one of the first miles stones for the year. Two candidates are vying for the democratic Attorney General seat. There hasn’t been a democratic AG in Virginia since the 80′s, but the legacy of current AG Ken Cuccinelli could play a role in how the state decides.
Senator Mark Herring has spent most of his life in Loudon County. He graduated from University of Richmond’s School of Law and started a law firm in Leesburg. in 1999, he was elected to the Loudon County Board of Supervisors. In 2006, he was elected to the State Senate. He boasts his committment to community through his work with the United Way, the Loudon Count Bar Association, and the NAACP Loudon chapter. He’s been married to his wife, Laura, for 23 years and has two teenage kids.
Justin Fairfax has lived in Virginia since graduating from Columbia University’s Law School. His wife, Cerina, is an Arlington native, graduated from VCU’s school of dentistry. Fairfax now calls both Richmond and Fairfax County home, and keeps family ties with relatives around the state. They have 2 kids, both under the age of 3, that were born in Fairfax.
Stances on LGBT issues:
“Its time we had an AG who will protect the civil rights of all Virginians.”
“All of us know a family member, neighbor, someone in the work place who has been harmed by discrimination – and it needs to stop.”
Will work to make sure “No child in VA is denied a loving home.”
“We strongly support equality issues across the board – a strong support of Marriage equality. It’s a right for same-sex couples across VA.
“We support banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I would have a non-discrimination policy in the GA’s office – and fight for a state-wide effort to protect people in the work place.”
On Current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:
“We cannot afford another four years with an AG like Cuccinelli.”
“Cuccinelli is wrong on this (sodomy challenge). He is captive of the hard right-wing of the republican party, and he’s trying to galvanize the hard right with this issue.”
On Cuccinelli’s suite against UVA over Global warming research: “That kind of misuses of the powers of the office are wrong, and downright un-American. To go after someone for their ideas; that kind of attack on science went out with Gallieo and follow right on the heels with his action on non-discrimination.
“Some of the opinions coming out of the AG’s office, from Ken Cuccinelli, have not only been legally wrong, but morally wrong. These include the letters he sent to colleges across the state… we think that was wrong. We think colleges and universities do have that authority, and also that they should protect students, faculty, and administrators.”
“Cuccinelli keeps wanting to fight these political battles, in clear contravention of constitutional law. So that (sodomy) law is unconstitutional, and it should fall, just as it has fallen across the country.”
“The Attorney General of Virginia… failed to defend the Constitution of Virginia… when a legal challenge was undertaken to redefine marriage in federal courts”January 17, 2017
- AG Herring, legislators and advocates unite to pass inclusive hate crime legislation in Virginia, January 13, 2017
- Loudon County Public Schools stalls on protections for LGBTQ students and teachers, December 14, 2016
- Attorney General Mark Herring on VA PrideFest: ‘If there was ever a moment for love, courage, and yes—PRIDE!—this is it!’, September 20, 2016
- UPDATED: Official White House website scrubbed of LGBTQ content
- Suffolk Police Department Appoints Two LGBTQ Community Liaison Officers
- Gallup poll: Record number of Americans identify as LGBTQ
- BREAKING: Bill to allow a “person” to deny services for same-sex weddings passes Virginia House subcommittee
- BREAKING: Bill to add LGBTQ protections to Virginia’s Human Rights Act killed in House subcommittee