Who am I?
I currently serve in the Virginia State Senate, where I have been working hard to protect Virginia’s families and focus on finding solutions to the challenges families face each day.
I believe we should put aside our differences to move the Commonwealth forward but in the face of extremism, it’s important to stand firm for Virginia’s values. I have strongly opposed efforts that infringe on a woman’s right to choose, roll back voting rights, and institutionalize discrimination in our laws. I am proud of my record fighting to build a stronger middle class in Virginia.
I was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 and have since worked to bring technology-based economic development to Virginia, secure transportation funding for needed overpasses and other local road projects, and make both state and local government more accountable to the citizens of Virginia.
To protect our kids, I led the effort to crack down on new threats to their safety, working closely with law enforcement and prosecutors to keep dangerous new synthetic drugs off the shelves. I championed legislation to target those who would commit financial scams against our seniors, and as a member of the Domestic Violence and Response Advisory Board, I sponsored and passed legislation to strengthen penalties for acts of domestic violence.
In 1999, I was elected to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. I served as Chairman of the Land Use Committee and developed a record as a strong advocate for economic development and road improvements that create jobs, strengthen the middle class and provide transportation solutions for citizens.
I have lived most of my life in Loudoun County, Virginia. After graduating with honors from the University of Richmond School of Law, I established a successful law practice in Leesburg and currently serve as the Principal of Herring & Turner, P.C., working in the areas of business and corporate law, land use and zoning, civil litigation, and municipal law.
My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 24 years. We have two children, Peyton and Tim, ages 20 and 16 and we are members of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.
Why am I running?
My mother taught civics and one of the lessons she instilled in me was that in a representative democracy, if you don’t like what your government is doing you have not only the right, but also the responsibility to try and change it. It was that lesson that inspired me to run for the Board of Supervisors when I saw that the county wasn’t living up to its responsibility to provide the schools and the necessary services to a burgeoning suburban community. It inspired me to run for the State Senate when I believed that I could help advance languishing economic development and transportation priorities for my community in the state capital. And it inspired me again to seek the office of Attorney General when I saw how our current Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, was abusing the powers of the office and bending and twisting the law in order to advance his own political career and an ideological agenda that is far outside the mainstream.
I’m running for Attorney General to take the politics out of the office and to put the law first. Virginia deserves an Attorney General who will stand up for the rights of all Virginians. As Attorney General, I will make protecting Virginians a top priority, particularly our most vulnerable citizens. I will fight to protect civil rights, including the rights of women to make their own healthcare decisions. I will defend every individual’s right to vote and I will use the power of the office to promote equality, rather than sow division. Finally, I’ll focus on protecting consumers and ensuring fairness in the marketplace for businesses and workers.
My primary goal as Attorney General is to ensure the safety, security and prosperity of all Virginians. This is work I have begun in the State Senate and plan on continuing in the Attorney General’s office.
Second, all Virginians deserve equal protection under the law and I am committed to protecting civil rights and using the power of the office to promote equality. This includes reversing the opinion of the former Attorney General that prohibited the Governor from issuing an executive order protecting LGBT workers in state government from discrimination, as well as working with the relevant state agencies to define ways to allow same-gender couples to access state-provided employee health and life insurance benefits without violating current Virginia law.
My DFA Values
The Attorney General is the guardian of the public interest and must ensure that all Virginians receive equal protection under the law. Justice is undermined when politicians abuse their power and misuse the law in pursuit of policy goals that are far outside the mainstream. In order to create a more fair and equal society, we need an Attorney General who understands that people have fought and died for the right to vote and who will defend it against those who want to erect barriers to voting. We need an Attorney General who believes that women have the right to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from politicians in Richmond. Finally, we need an Attorney General who will stand for marriage equality and stand against discrimination of LGBT Virginians. These are the values I believe in and that’s the kind of Attorney General I’ll be.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Our campaign relies heavily on grassroots activism and on the efforts of our volunteers. We have been putting together organizational volunteer meetings throughout the state with a focus on empowering volunteers to conduct outreach to their friends and neighbors on behalf of the campaign. Our grassroots efforts during our primary election included daily phonebanks and volunteer canvasses targeting Democratic primary voters. Also, Virginia law requires candidates for statewide office to collect 10,000 valid signatures with a minimum of 400 signatures from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. Thanks to the efforts of over one hundred volunteers, we collected nearly 17,000 signatures during January, February and March to qualify for the ballot. With the strong support of volunteers all over the state, we submitted at least 1,000 signatures from each of the congressional districts.