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Colette Wallace McEachin, Deputy Prosecutor in Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, to Seek Democratic Nomination for Commonwealth’s Attorney
Richmond – Richmond City Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette Wallace McEachin today announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the special election for Commonwealth’s attorney to replace Michael Herring. Ms. McEachin said, “I am eager to continue Mr. Herring’s dedicated and committed work to keeping Richmond families safe and to continue his criminal justice reform policies. Our office will continue to remove violent and repeat offenders from our community and return rehabilitated citizens to our community.
“With over twenty years of experience as a prosecutor in this office, I am well-prepared to succeed Mr. Herring and to move this office forward to protect our city and strengthen our community.”
Departing Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring said, in endorsing Ms. McEachin, “I am pleased to see Colette step up and make this run. I know she will keep our community safe and secure and will continue our successful policies that have moved Richmond forward. I am eager to support her in any way.
Background – Colette is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She has been a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for over 10 years and has prosecuted cases in all three city courthouses, from misdemeanors to rape, robbery and homicide.
She is a member of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Board of Next-UpRVA ( a provider of after-school programs in Richmond Public middle schools), the Richmond Criminal Bar, and the Hill-Tucker Bar Association. She was formerly Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and formerly a member of the Executive Board of the Hill-Tucker Bar Association. She is a faculty member on the Virginia Supreme Court Professionalism and Ethics Course, which is mandatory for all new members of the Virginia State Bar, and has lectured to a variety of professional, academic, and community groups.
Colette and her husband, Donald, a U.S. congressman, live in Richmond and have three adult children.