The race for Attorney General in Virginia has been a bit under the radar, as Republican John Adams and current Democrat AG Mark Herring both were uncontested in their respective primaries. That being said, the campaign to oust the far-left activist Herring is sure to heat up, and will end up being a marquee contest this November.
Adams is running a disciplined campaign, and today released an impressive endorsement list that says a lot about a man aspiring to be the Commonwealth’s top lawyer and law enforcement official:
John Adams, the Republican nominee for attorney general, announced today that 47 sheriffs have endorsed his campaign for attorney general. The endorsements include sheriffs from every region of the Commonwealth, as well as some of Virginia’s largest localities, such as the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Prince William, and Loudoun, and the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
“As a first time candidate for office, it means a great deal to me to receive the support of so many of our finest law enforcement officials from all over Virginia,” said Adams. “Public safety will be a top priority when I am attorney general, including effectively combating the heroin and opioid crisis, fighting rising gang violence and violent crime, and ensuring our children and families are safe in their communities. Virginia’s sheriffs are critical to this work. And they will know that, as a former federal prosecutor and Naval officer, I will work as a team with them and have their backs every step of the way.”
A few things stand out about the list. First, as their release noted, a number of these sheriffs represent massive localities. In addition, over a dozen of the sheriffs endorsing Adams ran and won as independents, not just Republicans. Finally, sheriffs in counties across Southwest Virginia, where the opioid crisis has reached near-epidemic proportions, are overwhelmingly backing Adams.