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Mark Herring to seek re-election as Virginia Attorney General

Mark Herring said he wants to continue his "fight for justice, equality, and opportunity for all Virginians."

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday morning he would run for his position again.

In a news release, Herring said he wants to continue his "fight for justice, equality, and opportunity for all Virginians."

In the past year, Herring has fought for progressive issues in the Commonwealth. That includes criminal justice reform, a push for legalizing marijuana, and reintroducing several bills to protect Virginians from hate crimes and white supremacist violence.

Democratic candidates so far are State Del. Jay Jones, and Shannon Taylor, the commonwealth’s attorney of Henrico County.

Virginia Beach state Del. Jason Miyares, and attorney Chuck Smith--both Republicans--are also joining the race for state attorney general.

Herring had previously announced plans to run for governor in 2021 before signaling his intent to instead stay at his current position earlier this year.

Here is Herring's letter announcing his re-election run:

“Serving as your attorney general has been the honor of my life. We’ve worked together to promote justice, equality, and opportunity for all Virginians, to expand and secure the civil rights of our fellow Virginians, and to show Virginians a new vision for what their Attorney General can do for them. The progress we’ve made has been historic, but the work isn’t done. And I’m not the kind of person to walk away unless the job is finished. That is why I am seeking another term as your attorney general and running for re-election in 2021.”