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AG Race: Brownlee Announces Support, Foster To Enter Race

Anita Kumar

Republican John Brownlee, the former top prosecutor for Virginia's western district, announced today that he has received support for his bid for state attorney general from 75 sheriffs and Commonwealth's attorneys.

"Virginia's law enforcement community has made it clear that they want a conservative prosecutor to serve as Virginia's next attorney general,'' he wrote in an email to supporters. "These brave leaders understand that protecting our citizens and making our neighborhoods safer are the top priorities for the next Attorney General."

The list of supporters includes officials from Southside, Southwest, the Shenandoah Valley and central Virginia. But few from the state's two most populous areas, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

David M. Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, will hold a news conference tomorrow morning in Richmond to announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for attorney general. State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) has also announced plans to run.

Del. Steve Shannon (D-Fairfax) is expected to announce he is running in the coming weeks. Roanoke lawyer John Fishwick has also indicated he will seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

The incumbent attorney general, Robert F. McDonnell (R), is giving up his seat to run for governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 18, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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