By RICK SINCERE, Bearing Drift
Two candidates are running for the Republican Party’s nomination for the office of Attorney General. Both John Adams and Chuck Smith are seeking their first election to public office. ...Adams and Smith participated in the MAC-PAC candidates’ forum at the Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville on February 18. I interviewed both gentlemen and asked them the same questions.
VaNews March 1, 2017
By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
State Sen. Bill Stanley is considering a run for attorney general and likely will decide next week. Stanley, a Republican from Franklin County, has been thinking of running for the nomination since Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, unexpectedly dropped out of the running last month. “We’re giving it serious consideration right now,” Stanley said Thursday at the Virginia Press Association Day at the Capital
VaNews December 2, 2016
By DEAN SEAL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Del. Rob Bell has ended his campaign to become Virginia’s next attorney general, saying in a statement Monday that he needed to turn his focus back to his family. Bell, R-Albemarle, posted on his campaign site Monday that as the father of two young children, one of whom has special needs, the current school year has brought “significant new challenges” that require his “personal and immediate attention.” ... In the post, Bell said he intends to return donations submitted to his campaign, and that he will continue his work in the House of Delegates, where he has served since 2002.
VaNews November 22, 2016
By JOE BECK, Northern Virginia Daily
There wasn’t much space – literally or figuratively – between three Republican candidates for attorney general who appeared at a forum Saturday organized by the Warren County Republican Committee. The three – Chesterfield attorney John Adams, Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, and Virginia Beach attorney Chuck Smith – were seated close together at a table as they took turns denouncing Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s efforts to restore voting rights for convicted felons who have completed their sentences.
VaNews September 26, 2016
By DEBORAH ELKINS, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Paywall for some articles)
A lawyer who claimed she was kept on the job until she finished two important trials, and then fired 10 weeks after she complained about unequal pay, can sue her employer for retaliation. The lawyer, who worked for Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s office, had to link her termination to her earlier series of complaints ...
VaNews September 5, 2016
By TREVOR BARATKO, Loudoun Times
Mark Herring isn't seeking a promotion in 2017, but he is running to keep his job. And on Thursday morning, he sure sounded like it. Herring, the Democratic attorney general of Virginia, closed out a delegation breakfast on the final day of the Democratic National Convention here with a notably political speech --one that emphasized his advocacy for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, allowing in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants and fighting against climate change.
VaNews July 29, 2016
By LAURA VOZZELLA , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Republicans said Gov. Terry McAuliffe was trying to help Hillary Clinton, a friend and fellow Democrat, win the crucial swing state of Virginia when he issued a sweeping order to restore voting rights to nearly 200,000 felons. Now that the state Supreme Court has declared that order unconstitutional, some Republicans think the restoration-of-rights episode could shape yet another political contest: the 2017 race for Virginia attorney general. Allies of Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, say he played a leading, behind-the-scenes role in the legal challenge to McAuliffe and a related public-relations campaign that exposed a series of flaws related to the order.
VaNews July 27, 2016
By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Attorney General Mark Herring, the Democrat who is running for re-election next year, outraised the two GOP candidates who hope to defeat him in the first half of the year. Herring, who was barred by law from raising money during the 60-day General Assembly session that ended March 11, raised a total of $443,737 in the year's first six months between his One Commonwealth PAC and his campaign committee.
VaNews July 18, 2016
By SAVANNAH WILLIAMS, Tidewater Review
The Republican Attorney General candidates have varying focuses, even if they all agree incumbent Mark Herring should no longer hold the position. Close to 30 people attended a meet-and-greet with John Adams, Robert Bell, and Charles "Chuck" Smith Thursday evening in New Kent Visitors and Commerce Center, to compare their Republican options for the upcoming 2017 election.
VaNews June 23, 2016
By PETER GALUSZKA, Style Weekly
Two years ago on Valentine’s Day, in front of a sun-washed, white clapboard house in a quiet Norfolk neighborhood, two same-sex couples — one male, the other female — stood before a makeshift podium with microphones. History was being made. ... There have been many times when Virginia chose to be on the wrong side of history, Herring says on a recent April day in his office with a commanding view of the State Capitol. There was racial segregation, a ban on interracial marriage and an effort to keep women out of the state-supported Virginia Military Institute.
VaNews April 27, 2016