RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring intends to run for governor in 2021, he told the Washington Post on Friday.
“Our work to reduce gun violence, protect healthcare, and pushback on the Trump Administration has been some of the most important work I’ve ever done, and it’s made Virginians’ lives better in real, tangible ways,” he said in an email to the Post. “I’ve been really honored to play a part in building a safer, stronger, more economically dynamic and inclusive Commonwealth as a county supervisor, a state senator, and as attorney general, and I think the best way to continue that work would be as Governor. There’s still a lot I want to accomplish as attorney general, but when the time comes I’ll be ready.”
Herring, a former state senator from Leesburg, is serving his second term as attorney general. The Post also noted Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is considered a “likely contender” for the Democratic nomination, along with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and former congressman Tom Perriello as possibilities.
Herring once vied for a seat in the Executive Mansion in the 2017 election cycle but bowed out, avoiding a nomination battle against his former Senate seatmate, then-Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is now governor.
Virginia only allows governors to serve one term, meaning Northam cannot run for re-election in 2021.