2017 Attorney General’s Race

Listed below are the candidates for Attorney General of Virginia. Each candidate’s name links to their campaign site, where their stance on various issues should be readily accessible.



Attorney General of Virginia
Mark Herring* John Adams

EVPAC Backs Herring for Attorney General

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Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee announced its endorsement for Virginia’s Attorney General today.
“When choosing an Attorney General, Virginians have a clear choice this November. Mark Herring has stood beside Virginia’s LGBT community from day one. He is the candidate who will keep equality’s momentum moving forward for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people” James Parrish, EVPAC’s executive director, said.

Herring has been an ally to the LGBT community since taking office in 2013, when just days into his term, he took the historic step of joining the fight for marriage equality. He went on to win at the district court and appeals court before the United States Supreme Court let the decision stand, bringing marriage equality to Virginia. Attorney General Herring was the first state attorney general to successfully argue that his state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples should be struck down as unconstitutional.

Herring stands in stark contrast to his Republican opponent John Adams who opposes marriage equality. He has called the Supreme Court’s decision “totally made up,” “based on nothing in the Constitution.” Adams went so far as to call for Attorney General Herring’s impeachment because of his work for marriage equality. Additionally, he has aligned with a national group committed to reversing marriage equality.”

During his first term as Attorney General, Herring also acknowledged the harm done to the gay and transgender community by hate crimes; the third most frequent kind of hate crimes in America. He put forth legislative proposals and community resources to help protect Virginians from being targeted for violence, harassment, or intimidation because of who they are, what they believe, how they worship, or whom they love.

“If there’s one person that everybody should know will stand up and fight for them, it’s their Attorney General,” said Attorney General Herring. “I’m proud that I was able to put Virginia on the right side of the law and on the right side of history. Now, all Virginians can exercise their fundamental right to marry the person they love. I’m honored to have the support of Equality Virginia, and I’ll continue to protect the safety and the rights of LGBT Virginians, and all who call our Commonwealth home.”

Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee seeks equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians through supporting pro-equality candidates in public office. Since 1989, EVPAC’s affiliate organization has worked to end discrimination, protect families and build safe communities. More information is online at EVAdvocates.org. Connect on Facebook.com/EqualityVA or Twitter @EqualityVA