Northam backs primary challenger in Virginia attorney general's race
Added 03-04-21 10:57:04am EST - “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Thursday endorsed Jay Jones in the state's attorney general race, snubbing Democratic incumbent Mark Herring, who is seeking a third term.” - Thehill.com
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Thursday endorsed Jay Jones in the state’s attorney general race, snubbing Democratic incumbent Mark Herring, who is seeking a third term.
In backing Jones, a state delegate from Norfolk who’s serving out his second term, Northam said he is hoping to elevate a “new generation of leaders” that represent “the diversity” of Virginia.
“Jay Jones has stood with me every step of the way in our journey to make Virginia a more just and equitable place to live,” Northam said. “He has been my partner as we have worked to change our Commonwealth. He also understands the deep scars of racism and will represent the diversity of our Commonwealth. That is why I’m honored to endorse him in his race for Attorney General.”
The endorsement is Northam’s first in this year’s statewide races that include contests for attorney general, lieutenant governor and governor. Northam, who was elected to the governor’s mansion in 2017, is barred from running again due to term limits.
In a statement, Jones said that he was “humbled” to receive Northam’s backing, calling him “the most consequential governor in the history of this Commonwealth.”
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