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Who Will Be Virginia's Next AG?

Anita Kumar

Del. Stephen C. Shannon of Fairfax County officially became the Democratic nominee for attorney general yesterday when the state party certified him as the only Democrat filed to run.

"As a former prosecutor and a delegate, Steve has a long record of protecting Virginia families and fighting crime,'' said C. Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.. He'll make an excellent attorney general.

Shannon will face one of the three Republicans competing at next month's convention: John Brownlee, a former federal prosecutor; Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax); and David M. Foster, the former chairman of the Arlington County School Board.

All four men were at the 61st annual Shad Planking yesterday afternoon. Before the event, Brownlee received the endorsement of Jerry Kilgore, former attorney general and Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2005 who will serve as general chairman of Brownlee's campaign.

Brownlee raised $105,205 in the three-month period ending last month. Cuccinelli raised $86,000 (but was barred from fundraising during the 45-day legislative session). Foster raised $44,000.

Shannon, who also was barred from raising money during the session, received more than $270,000 in the first three months of 2009.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 16, 2009; 11:52 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli  
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Steve is an incredible candidate and has a very worthy track record within the legal realm, not to mention his steadfast service as a Delegate.

One of my favorite things that he has accomplished was the recent adoption of law that mandates a compulsory protective order upon conviction in a domestic-related case; the bill was passed in this year's General Assembly session.

Posted by: robsmithiii | April 17, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Seung Hui Cho was from Ken Cuccinelli's district. I tried repeatedly to make an appointment with Senator Cuccinelli prior to the Virginia Tech Massacre, to discuss deficiencies in the Virginia Mental Health System.

The Senator, of course, was too busy to meet with me.

So, from my perspective, Senator Cuccinelli is not a guy who listens to people, and the consequences are potentially tragic.

I guess if you are a moneybags Fairfax County real estate developer you can get an appointment with the Senator,and maybe he would let you you buy him lunch and take him for a ride on your yacht.

Posted by: RufusJunior | April 17, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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