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Meet Mark Herring

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RICHMOND - With just over a week to go before Election Day, political ads are taking over the airwaves.     

While the race for governor is making headlines, there's another important seat up for grabs -- Virginia's top lawyer.

8News is speaking with both candidates running for Attorney General.

First up is Democrat Senator Mark Herring.

One of the topics that came up was abortion.

"If I am attorney general, the women of Virginia would know that they would have an attorney general who would respect their privacy rights and I would fight to protect their right to continue to make their own private health care decisions."

Herring, the senator from the 33rd district, is also a family man. And his wife and kids are also part of the campaign.

"The moment your kids are born, your mission changes to giving them the best opportunities in life. For me, family is everything."

Herring is an attorney by trade, but he says if he gets the job as Virginia's top lawyer, he would focus on issues like sexual and domestic violence and making sure the economy is strong. He also touched on civil rights.

"I was very disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision of striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. And I think what that does is highlight the importance of having an attorney general who understands that Americans have fought and died for the right to vote."

"My opponent Senator Obenshain cheered the committee that this bill was sent to and he led the effort to kill it. Those are some of the things I will work close with the legislature as well as keeping a close watch to see whether or not any of the laws that are passed might violate the civil rights law that has not been struck down."

Herring also talked about the star scientific investigation.

The governor's family members are accused of taking gifts from a business owner.

"It was deeply troubling to me to have the governor and attorney general caught up in something like that. No public official should use the office for private gain, that's wrong."

So what does he want to change?

Herring wants to ban politicians and their families from taking gifts from businesses.



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