RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring already has made it known that he plans to run for re-election in 2017.

Herring, a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday.

“Serving as attorney general has been the highest honor of my career,” he said in a statement. “I love practicing law, I love public policy, and most of all, I love helping people. This job asks me to do all three every single day.”

Herring’s decision to seek re-election apparently was in response to rumors that he was considering a run for governor in 2017.

Now, it looks as though Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam could become state Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee.

Herring, noting his office’s accomplishments so far, said the state’s continued success hinges on the next election.

“Our future progress as a Commonwealth requires an attorney general who is fiercely and fearlessly committed to promoting justice, equality, and opportunity for all Virginians,” he said. “For that reason, I plan to run for reelection as attorney general.”

And Herring appears to already be backing Northam for governor.

“Some of the path forward is clear for the Commonwealth, but we’ll face challenges in the years ahead that we can’t yet imagine. I believe Virginians will again entrust this office to someone who is ready to tackle those challenges, who shares their values, and who fights for them every single day,” he said in his statement. “They have that champion in Gov. Terry McAuliffe, with whom we have worked hand-in-hand on so many of these initiatives.

“Virginians will find that champion as well in Ralph Northam -- and I will work as hard as I can to help elect him governor. Together, we will keep Virginia moving forward.”

Herring narrowly beat out his Republican opponent, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, in the 2013 election. He ended up winning by 907 votes.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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