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Meet Mark Obenshain

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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.

Monday, we featured Democrat Senator Mark Herring. Next up is Republican Mark Obenshain.

Senator Obenshain is also an attorney who represents the 26th district.

And Obenshain says stopping human trafficking in Virginia and creating more jobs will be a priority if he gets the job as Attorney General.

But he also spoke about several other issues, including voting rights, ethics and abortion.

8News: "What is your view on abortions?"

Senator Mark Obenshain: "I have always stood up or those who can't protect themselves. I also understand that this is a nation of laws and those who make these crazy allegations about candidates who are going to accomplish things that the Supreme Court says you can't accomplish, are just really playing to the fears and emotions of Virginians and are avoiding talking about the issues that are truly pivotal."

8News: "Do you think our state is doing the right things to help encourage everyone to be able to vote, to get to the polls?"

Obenshain: "Yes, absolutely. We need to make sure that voting is free, accessible, that its encouraged and that we remove barriers from voting to the extent we possibly can. We need to continue to be vigilant to make sure that our system is fair, that every body's vote is cast and counted and also at the same token that there isn't fraud in the system."

Senator Obenshain also addressed the recent Star Scientific controversy. He says there should be a ban on gifts for politicians and their family.

"The voters have concerns about the integrity of our system and we have an obligation to make sure we are addressing them in a proactive way. I believe we have one chance to do it and we have to do it this year, or the voters will have a legitimate beef with elected officials."

 

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