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Harris Will Not Run for Attorney General

Anita Kumar

Former Virginia House of Delegates member Paul Harris has sent a letter to supporters to tell them he has decided not to run for the Republican nomination for attorney general next year.

"In its simplest terms, the joy of spending time with my three children far outweighs any desire I have to be attorney general," Harris said.

Harris, an Army veteran and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, served two terms in the House representing Albemarle County, just outside Charlottesville.

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) recently announced plans to run. Others considering running are David M. Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, and U.S. attorney John L. Brownlee, the top prosecutor for Virginia's western district.

"Next year Virginia Republicans will have several outstanding and exceptionally qualified candidates from which to choose a nominee for attorney general,'' Harris wrote. "I look forward to joining with our Republican ticket next year and rousing support for the optimistic vision and ideals of our party and its candidates, always standing for and with those whose compelling hope is to improve their modest lot in life."

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell is expected to run for governor and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling plans to seek re-election.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 2, 2008; 2:12 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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