Washington Post: Shannon Taylor, top Henrico prosecutor, launches bid for Virginia AG

Taylor said she will emphasize her track record as a prosecutor in next year’s Democratic primary for state attorney general.

Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor announced Wednesday she will seek the Democratic nomination for Virginia attorney general, emphasizing her track record as a prosecutor in what is likely to be a competitive primary contest for the job now held by Republican Jason S. Miyares.

Taylor, who was reelected last year to a fourth term as her Richmond suburb’s top prosecutor, pointed to nearly three decades of experience in the courtroom — and her consistent electoral wins in a former GOP stronghold — as evidence she was ready for the statewide post.

“When it comes to protecting women’s rights and our children or standing up against hate, those aren’t just my positions,” she said. “I’ve actually taken on either cases or actions to demonstrate my commitment to those Democratic values.”

Taylor is the first candidate from either party to formally announce a bid for attorney general, one of three statewide offices in Virginia that will be on the ballot next year.

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