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Local Leaders Across Virginia Endorse Attorney General Mark Herring For Re-Election


From AG Mark Herring’s reelection campaign:


LEESBURG, Va. – This morning, 28 local officials representing 10 localities across the Commonwealth, including five sitting mayors, announced their endorsement of Attorney General Mark R. Herring in his re-election bid.

“I am honored to announce the support of so many local officials who have been partners in creating protections that maintain safety and equity in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “I started out as a local official, and since then have never lost sight of the issues that matter most in people’s lives. The rights to safety, free expression, and access to opportunity are paramount, and this group of leaders has enhanced my ability to maintain these liberties for Virginians. I am grateful for their support today, and I look forward to building on our work together over the coming years.”

“The COVID-19 crisis has provided us with a uniquely challenging moment, and Mark Herring’s steady leadership is what we need to navigate this crisis,” said Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. “He’s continued to be a champion for the people of Alexandria, and Virginia needs someone with his level of experience in office. I’m proud to support him for a third term.”

“Mark Herring has been a champion for education equity in the Commonwealth, and I’m confident in Virginia’s future with him at the helm,” said Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones. “We need more leaders like Mark who have their finger on the pulse of Virginia’s communities, and don’t wait to take action. Whenever the people of Danville call on him, he’s there.” 

“As Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark Herring has championed equity and inclusion,” said Fairfax County Chair Jeff McKay. “He has worked hard to make Virginia a place where every person can feel safe and welcome and where every family can find belonging. He stood up for new Virginians and led the fights against Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, and we need him to keep building on his successes. Having worked with Mark on many things over the years, I can tell you he has the experience necessary to ensure continued progress.” 

“Mark Herring’s transparency and commitment to the job is why I’m proud to support him for re-election,” said Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk. “Since becoming Attorney General in 2014, Mark has been a trailblazer for the people of Virginia. He’s represented Leesburg well, and I unequivocally support him for a third term.”

“Mark Herring is an innovative thinker, and he recognizes that during this pandemic, we need to establish protections that will get our communities through these difficult times,” said Winchester Mayor John David Smith. “Mark has been a champion for those who are underserved and disenfranchised. I have the utmost confidence in Mark and his abilities, and know he will continue to be successful as our Attorney General.”  

Local leaders announcing their endorsements of Attorney General Herring include:


  • Justin Wilson, Mayor of Alexandria 
  • Alison Silberberg, Former Mayor of Alexandria


  • Libby Garvey, Chair, Arlington County Board of Supervisors
  • Matt De Ferranti, Vice Chair, Arlington County Board Member
  • Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board Member
  • Barbara Kanninen, Arlington County School Board Member
  • Paul Ferguson, Arlington Clerk of Court


  • Alonzo Jones, Mayor of Danville 
  • Larry Campbell, Danville City Councilor
  • Sherman Saunders, Former Mayor of Danville


  • Jeff McKay, Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Kathy Smith, Fairfax County Supervisor
  • James Walkinshaw, Fairfax County Supervisor
  • Penny Gross, Fairfax County Supervisor
  • John Foust, Fairfax County Supervisor
  • Dalia Palchik, Fairfax County Supervisor
  • Walter Alcorn, Fairfax County Supervisor


  • Lisa Merkel, Former Mayor of Herndon


  • Kelly Burk, Mayor of Leesburg 
  • Marty Martinez, Leesburg City Councilor
  • Neil Steinberg, Leesburg City Councilor
  • Zach Cummings, Leesburg City Councilor
  • Ara Bagdasarian, Leesburg City Councilor
  • Kristen Umstattd, Loudoun County Supervisor

Manassas Park

  • Jeanette Rishell, Mayor of Manassas Park

Prince William County

  • Supervisor Andrea Bailey, Prince William County Supervisor


  • Steve McGraw, Roanoke Clerk of the Court


  • John David Smith, Mayor of Winchester 

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